Short and Sweet today

Sunshine Cindy and I are getting ready for our trip to Key West so this will be short today.

We got out Wednesday evening for a stop at Chan’s Craft Bar. The place was not as busy as we have seen it in the past but they still had a decent crowd with many folks sitting on the outside patio. I had three different craft beers. Each one was good. One was a Founder’s IPA, one was a Cigar City brew and the last one was a Sweat Head Big Nose or something like that. I enjoyed each of them even if I can’t remember their names.

Sunshine Cindy and I also split a burger. Their burgers are fantastic. It’s a half pound of grain fed beef. We asked for it to be cooked “medium” and it came out perfectly cooked. That is unusual for a burger especially one that was as thick as this one was. They have made The Craft Bar a nice relaxing place.

We are close to being ready for the trip. This is always a fun vacation for us. It’s like a giant family reunion when we get to Key West. Once again Crab Island Mambo will be sponsoring a “Welcome to the Island Party” on Wednesday October 29th at Dante’s from 11 am to 3:30 pm. Everyone is welcome to join us for this free Trop Rock party. Here are all the details: http://www.crabislandmambo.com/Crab-Island-Mambo’s-Key-West-4th-Annual-Welcome-to-the-Island-party.html

I will try to send out the next couple of blogs with updates on our adventure but you never know how things will go. Have a great weekend. If you can, get over to KC’s Sandbar in downtown Fort Walton Beach on Sunday. Michael Allman, son of legendary rocker Gregg Allman will be playing with his band. Gunner opens at 1 pm and Michael goes on about 4 pm. I think there is a $5 cover charge. We are sorry we will miss this show.

See ya down the road!

Article source: http://destinsteve.blogspot.com/2014/10/short-and-sweet-today.html

Wes Loper playing in Destin

Picture perfect weather in Destin. Let’s see…The humidity is low. Temps are comfortable. No clouds in the deep blue sky. Light winds….Yep, it is almost perfect weather. And it is supposed to last for the foreseeable future. Reason 8,981 why I love living in Destin.

The only stop out and about this week was Tuesday night. On my way home from work traffic was at a standstill on the Island. I turned around and made a stop at Fudpucker’s to ride it out. It turns out a car had flipped on the Island. The driver of the car was the mother of a manager at Fud’s. Turns out she was fine but traffic was a mess for a while. I had a few drinks, watched my traffic app and headed home when it was all clear. You have to love modern technology.

This week I published the October edition of the Crab Island Mambo Mullet Wrapper. This issue has a lot of Key West features and video’s in it. This is in honor of our upcoming trip to Key West for Meeting of the Minds in a few weeks. Read the Mullet Wrapper right here: http://www.crabislandmambo.com/Mullet-Wrapper-October-2014-edition.html

The town is still kind of busy with Fall Breakers here. Destin is getting closer to a year round season with just some peaks and valleys. I like it when the valleys happen!

This Friday we have the last “Embrace the Chaos! Trop Rock Music Series at the Cantina” show of the season. Wes Loper from Nashville, TN will be performing for us at Crab Island Cantina down on the harbor. Show time is 5-9 pm. Make sure you see us for your “Mambo Member” card to get 15% off your entire bill the night of the show. Wes mixes Trop Rock, Country, Blues, and Folk music to create his own style with a funky, beach side feel. You will love his music so please join us.

That’s about it for today. Have a great weekend. See ya Monday with a recap of the Cantina show.

Article source: http://destinsteve.blogspot.com/2014/10/wes-loper-playing-in-destin.html

What you need to know if you are moving to Jamaica

Summary: Jamaica is a well-known island getaway, but living there is not an extended vacation. Expensive schools, safety issues and high cost of living are all challenges for expats. Members share their advice about deciding where to live, finding a home, choosing a school and cost-saving shopping strategies.

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Expat Jamaica – 10 Tips for Living in Jamaica
1. What to Bring When Moving to Jamaica
“More solar things, like lights and phone charger. More good, big beach towels (ones here cheap, flimsy, but easier to wash by hand!). Rechargeable batteries of all sizes and the batteries (don’t skimp). Less clothes, less shoes, LESS..period,” advised an expat in Negril, Jamaica.

Another expat living in Ocho Rios said, “A Generator (seriously), power cuts are rife and expect to be without power, internet or water for 2-3 days at a time. Toiletries, I should have stocked up on things like shaving foam and toothpaste etc as it is far to expensive here. An umbrella, it rains almost every day here (all year – dont believe the hype on net)”

“I wish I had brought more baby toys, baby clothes and baby accessories in general. I wish I had left our winter clothes behind! Also, I haven’t worn any dressy clothes, nor my high heels,” suggested an expat parent living in Ocho Rios.

2. Deciding Where to Live in Jamaica
“It’s important to be where you feel safe and where you are close to what is important, be it the beach and the nightlife, or the friends you’ve made, or other ex-pats..i would rent on the beach, and meet people, before deciding where you want to live…even if you’ve been a vacationer, it’s not the same one you live there…get used to everything being at a much slower pace, and going without electricity and water, sometimes…but there is never a lack of something go on, where there is music and laughter and people,” said an expat in Negril, Jamaica.

One expat said, “Mandeville is a really great area, love the cool hills. Also there are a lot of British people living in Mandeville. Great private schools as well. I had the pleasure of attending hs there and it was the best years of my life. I’m currently building my home about 15-20 mins from Ocho Rios (love the sea) and I’m doing a research on private schools for my kids. Columbus Prep, Marjam and ULC were recommended to me and I discovered St.John’s Prep.”

“Areas I’d recommend are St. Ann (Ocho Rios area), St. James (Montego Bay area), Mandeville, Run Away Bay, Discovery Bay, Duncans. If you like the countryside, then Lower Trelawney (Falmouth) and surrounding areas are a good choice and close to the coast (about 15 minutes drive) — the beach is close also. You can find accommodation in the tourist areas that I mentioned above — except for Trelawney, which is a bit expensive. My advise is — if you’re looking to live there permanently, rent something just outside the tourist areas, which is cheaper. But, you will still be close enough to get to it within 15 minutes. Trelawney and Hanover are two good examples as Hanover is between Negril and Montegobay. There’s a nice little village called Hopewell, which is a mix of locals, English and Americans. It’s coastal — you can walk to the beach,” advised a British expat in Jamaica.

One expat shared these property sites, “Property Ads Jamaica is a good site on which private landlords post their properties. Otherwise, < a href=”http://www.vlarealtors.com/listings.aspx”>Valerie Levy & Associates, Century 21 Jamaica or Coldwell Banker Jamaica or the The Sunday Gleaner’s Classifieds”.

3. Typical Housing in Jamaica
“We got lucky with our apartment. We have all the amenities many people in Jamaica go without (running water, washer & drier, hot water, AC etc). We even have a dishwasher which we never used, since electricity here is extremely expensive. Our kitchen appliances are modern and really nice. Our internet is much faster than in the US. We have a 2 bedroom/2 bathroom, with a nice balcony overlooking the ocean and the pool. We take our baby son for a swim almost every day,” explained an expat in Jamaica.

An expat in Negril said, ” I rent a two bedroom suite in a nice secluded area. We just moved there from a unit on the beach but we needed more space for the money. Yes many expats live here in Negril much the same way I do.”

4. Learn to Slow Down
“Learn to take life slowly because the amenities you might be accustom to will not be at your fingertips. You have to wait for phone, internet and cable service. Your wait might be up to 3 months,” advised an expat in Falmouth, Jamaica. Another said, “Learn to slow down. Everything in Jamaica is slower paced and it’s the hardest thing for me to get used to.”

5. Cost of Living in Jamaica
“My housing costs are significantly lower than in the US. I am paying 30,000 per month for a two bedrooms with two bathrooms. I was just lucky to get such a deal but the average cost for this apartment is 45,000-65,000 per month. My light bill is 7,000 per month but I run my a/c unit each night just to fall asleep. My water bill is between 500 and 800 per month,” said an expat in Jamaica.

6. Life in Jamaica Isn’t a Vacation
Another expat in Jamaica advised, “Do your research and don’t just think moving to a tropical island will be pleasure. There’s always some pain involved LOL. And even though I’ve traveled here 15 times over 8 years before moving it’s still a culture shock to be here and I learn something new every day. When you’re a resident you can’t live like a tourist. If you would like to read my story about my first two months in Jamaica I blogged about it at < a href=”http://www.jamaicamyway.com/living-in-jamaica/first-two-months/”>jamaicamyway.com.”

7. Schools in Jamaica
“My two eldest of four kids goes to AISK (American International School of Kingston) and I think its the best decision we made, Its a bit on the expensive side but if you want the best for your kids then AISK it should be,” explained in expat in Kingston.

“My three children hadn’t started school in the UK so Belair [School in Mandeville] was their first school. the school as Kindergarten, Prep and High school so you don’t need to worry about changing school. there are quite a lot of children there from the UK, US, China, Burmuda and other country, some are expats and some are here for work. in high school a lot of the students are boarding, because their parents find it a very good school,”

8. Crime in Jamaica
In pulling together the tips for this article, we noticed dozens of comments about crime problems in Jamaica. Most say that some areas are safer than others, but none are immune to crime. “We lived in an estate in mobay where we believed its very safe but the amount of houses burgled round there is unbelievable whereas other areas are fine with no burglers troubling them,” said one expat. Another said, “Stay out of “Garrison communities” although going to Raetown on Sunday night is one of the safest places in Kingston. I’ve been going there for 14 years to listen to some good music. Make sure the home you live in are grilled and be careful who you invite to your home. When using a taxi – find a regular radio taxi and never accept a ride from someone you don’t know.”

While it seems that the majority of expats recommend living in a grilled home in a gated community, others say that you will miss out on the true Jamaican experience if you do that. One person said, “Don’t move into an expat bubble. Living in Jamaica should mean living Jamaican with Jamaicans. Some of us find a safe place away from reality here in Jamaica and we miss out on the beauty of Jamaica.”

“Jamaica is dangerous, it is dangerous to drive in, walk in or just hang around in. Get a good vehicle (They don’t do second hand well here so I would get new if possible). Get a 4X4 as roads are crap!! The only place to live are holiday apartments behind a security barrier, this said, always get an apartment beside the security barrier as you will get broken into if out of the way. Beware of living close to too much hustle and bustle such as night clubs / late bars, you will be kept up with booming reggae music all night,” explained an expat in Jamaica.

9. Saving Money While Living in Jamaica
In order to keep our living costs down while not reducing the standard of living, we have had to do a number of things:

Buy local food and produce; imported items will send your grocery bill through the roof.
Look for rental outside of the prime areas, but close enough to Kgn. It also helps if you can find someone you can trust to help you look.
Good quality schools come at a high cost. That’s an additional expense u may not be able to avoid. We have decided to home school our 4 year old.
Transportation is something else to look at. The public transportation system is not good, so having a vehicle is a necessity.
10. Working in Jamaica
“Working here is very difficult unless you have some special skill like a teacher or doctors. I started my own business here and its taken me most of the year to get the paperwork sorted out.My goal is to qualify for a work permit undermy own company. Iwork online and registered my US corporation here as an overseas company to get started. Research visa restrictions, job and work permits and how you plan to live before you move here.My advice is to make money abroad and live here because there is not much money here to be made. Running a business is hard with so much competition and foreigners are not very welcomed in the tourism industry,” explained an expat in Jamaica.

“Good luck with getting a permit unless you are going to open up a business or have a skill not available on this island. Even that is not cheap — you are looking at approx 2k US per year for a permit and you are not guaranteed to get it. With this global recession right now the odds of you getting a job unless you “know someone” is very slim and please do not think you can get a job making what you made back “home.” Jobs are scarce and for every job there are literally hundreds of applicants. I remember an article about a bakery hiring I believe 10 ppl and there were line ups of hundreds of applicants,” warned an expat in Jamaica.

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It was a memorable weekend in Destin

The weekend started off like most others. Thursday night Sunshine Cindy and I decided to head to the harbor for happy hour at Harry T’s. We figured there would not be too many folks there and we could watch some of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s first hockey game of the season. We got to Harry T’s about 6 pm and there were people everywhere. The bar was full and big crowds were walking along Harborwalk. Stephanie the bartender was running around like crazy. Michelle showed up to help her out.

It stayed like this all night. No one knew why it was so busy. A group of guys on a bachelor party stopped in. We ended up talking and partying with them for a while. The bar stayed packed all night. It turns out this was “Fall Break” time with schools out in TN, GA and AL. Many folks came to the beach for a few days. That explained why there were so many families with kids out so late. I know all the businesses enjoyed the bump in sales.

Friday night Sunshine Cindy and I were back on the harbor for a Parrot Head meeting. We got down to the harbor a little early and stopped at Margaritaville. Service at the bar was slow but in defense they were probably not expecting the crowds either. Wayne joined us and we all then walked over to Harry T’s. A decent crowd of folks were at the meeting. We had a beautiful sunset over the Destin bridge. The weather was absolutely perfect. It was a great night to be riding around with the top down on Badass.

A good group of folks headed to the American Legion after the meeting for Karaoke. We might not sing good but we have fun. The night wound down and we headed home. We had a busy day planned for Saturday.

Several months ago we had one of our friends pass away. Wayne was an original Pointe Bum. A group of us would meet each Sunday at The Pointe to drink beer, fish and solve the world’s problems. We would have anywhere from 4 to 30 people show up. We made great friends and enjoyed life along the beach. One of Wayne’s wishes was to have his ashes spread out along the beach. Saturday was the day. His sister from Panama City and several other friends from there came to Destin to join Dennis, Russ and myself to have a party for Wayne. And party we did. We celebrated Wayne’s life and spread his ashes along the beach and in the water. Wayne was with us in spirit. We were glad to be able to send him “home” in style.

Saturday night I needed to eat so Sunshine Cindy and I headed to Chip’s for a bite to eat. Tommy was there. We have not seen Tommy in a few weeks. We were sitting at the bar. A guy and a couple ladies came and sat down in the stools next to Sunshine Cindy. The guy was friendly and immediately started up a conversation. Phil had a strong British accent. He and his wife were in Destin from Palm Beach for a wedding. In a short period of time we found out he is a private pilot and loves going to Key West. We had that in common. He was an interesting person. It’s amazing the folks we meet in Destin.

Sunday I worked on the Crab Island Mullet Wrapper for October. It will be published Wednesday. It is another fine edition if I do say so myself. LOL  I did go to Landshark Pizza in the evening to pick up a pizza for us. The place was packed for football. They are doing a great business. I ran into about a dozen folks I know in there. Everyone congratulated me on the Browns big win over the Steelers. The Browns actually look like this might be a good year for them.

This was a fun and memorable weekend. The weather was perfect. We were able to give a proper send off to our friend. We meet several interesting folks. And the Browns won. It does not get much better than that! Don’t forget we are taking reservations for the “21st Annual Phlocking of the Phaithful – 21 and Legal, Let the CHAOS Begin!” Trop Rock party in Put in Bay, Ohio next year. You will not want to miss this 4 day party!!! Here are all the details: http://www.crabislandmambo.com/Crab-Island-Mambo-presents-Phlocking-of-the-Phaithful.html

Have a great week. See ya Thursday!!!

Article source: http://destinsteve.blogspot.com/2014/10/it-was-memorable-weekend-in-destin.html

It was a memorable weekend in Destin

The weekend started off like most others. Thursday night Sunshine Cindy and I decided to head to the harbor for happy hour at Harry T’s. We figured there would not be too many folks there and we could watch some of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s first hockey game of the season. We got to Harry T’s about 6 pm and there were people everywhere. The bar was full and big crowds were walking along Harborwalk. Stephanie the bartender was running around like crazy. Michelle showed up to help her out.

It stayed like this all night. No one knew why it was so busy. A group of guys on a bachelor party stopped in. We ended up talking and partying with them for a while. The bar stayed packed all night. It turns out this was “Fall Break” time with schools out in TN, GA and AL. Many folks came to the beach for a few days. That explained why there were so many families with kids out so late. I know all the businesses enjoyed the bump in sales.

Friday night Sunshine Cindy and I were back on the harbor for a Parrot Head meeting. We got down to the harbor a little early and stopped at Margaritaville. Service at the bar was slow but in defense they were probably not expecting the crowds either. Wayne joined us and we all then walked over to Harry T’s. A decent crowd of folks were at the meeting. We had a beautiful sunset over the Destin bridge. The weather was absolutely perfect. It was a great night to be riding around with the top down on Badass.

A good group of folks headed to the American Legion after the meeting for Karaoke. We might not sing good but we have fun. The night wound down and we headed home. We had a busy day planned for Saturday.

Several months ago we had one of our friends pass away. Wayne was an original Pointe Bum. A group of us would meet each Sunday at The Pointe to drink beer, fish and solve the world’s problems. We would have anywhere from 4 to 30 people show up. We made great friends and enjoyed life along the beach. One of Wayne’s wishes was to have his ashes spread out along the beach. Saturday was the day. His sister from Panama City and several other friends from there came to Destin to join Dennis, Russ and myself to have a party for Wayne. And party we did. We celebrated Wayne’s life and spread his ashes along the beach and in the water. Wayne was with us in spirit. We were glad to be able to send him “home” in style.

Saturday night I needed to eat so Sunshine Cindy and I headed to Chip’s for a bite to eat. Tommy was there. We have not seen Tommy in a few weeks. We were sitting at the bar. A guy and a couple ladies came and sat down in the stools next to Sunshine Cindy. The guy was friendly and immediately started up a conversation. Phil had a strong British accent. He and his wife were in Destin from Palm Beach for a wedding. In a short period of time we found out he is a private pilot and loves going to Key West. We had that in common. He was an interesting person. It’s amazing the folks we meet in Destin.

Sunday I worked on the Crab Island Mullet Wrapper for October. It will be published Wednesday. It is another fine edition if I do say so myself. LOL  I did go to Landshark Pizza in the evening to pick up a pizza for us. The place was packed for football. They are doing a great business. I ran into about a dozen folks I know in there. Everyone congratulated me on the Browns big win over the Steelers. The Browns actually look like this might be a good year for them.

This was a fun and memorable weekend. The weather was perfect. We were able to give a proper send off to our friend. We meet several interesting folks. And the Browns won. It does not get much better than that! Don’t forget we are taking reservations for the “21st Annual Phlocking of the Phaithful – 21 and Legal, Let the CHAOS Begin!” Trop Rock party in Put in Bay, Ohio next year. You will not want to miss this 4 day party!!! Here are all the details: http://www.crabislandmambo.com/Crab-Island-Mambo-presents-Phlocking-of-the-Phaithful.html

Have a great week. See ya Thursday!!!

Article source: http://destinsteve.blogspot.com/2014/10/it-was-memorable-weekend-in-destin.html

Busy Weekend in Destin on tap

This week has been the quiet before the storm in Destin. There are multiple events going on along the entire Emerald Coast. Panama City Beach has their biker weekend, Thunder Beach. Pensacola Beach is hosting a songwriters showcase this weekend. And in Destin is the big Seafood Festival. Close to 70,000 people will descend onto the harbor this weekend. It is a fun time as the festival will stretch over a mile along the harbor district.

The other big news is our guys from the Southern Drawl Band will be back in town this weekend. Saturday night they will be playing at KC’s Sandbar in Fort Walton Beach. Then on Sunday as the Seafood Festival is winding down they will be playing at Crab Island Cantina starting at 4 pm. Both shows are free and open to the public. You need to come and see these guys before they get too big to play these small venues. They are that good.

Sunshine Cindy and I have been staying in this week. I published the Crab Island Mambo Monthly recap. You can read for yourself about all the good times we had in September right here: http://www.crabislandmambo.com/September-2014-Crab-Island-Mambo-recent-events.html

The Destin Fishing Rodeo kicked off Wednesday. The first day saw a 188 pound tiger shark brought in. It never seems to fail that a shark always draws a lot of attention on the docks. The rodeo runs the entire month of October with weigh-in’s behind AJ’s.

We had a week of great fall weather. Day time temps in the low 80’s with lows around 73. But that is going to change this weekend with lows going down into the 50’s. Ugh..I am not ready for cold weather.

That’s it for today. Have a great weekend. I will have a full recap on Monday of all the “Chaos” we get into. See ya then!

Article source: http://destinsteve.blogspot.com/2014/10/busy-weekend-in-destin-on-tap.html

Typical Destin Weekend

Sunshine Cindy and I had what you could say was a typical Destin fall weekend. It started out Thursday evening. We decided to head to Hogs Breath for a while. It was a beautiful evening sitting at the outside bar. Cam was working the bar and a bunch of locals were there. With most of the tourist gone the locals dominate the bar stools now. The big news around town Thursday was a huge gator that was caught and brought down to the docks to get weighed. The gator was 11 feet long and weighed 333 pounds. Our friend Jonelle was there when it was brought in. She came into Hogs and told of the excitement on the docks. It drew a crowd from seemingly nowhere to get a look at it.

We had a fun time at Hogs Breath talking to old friends and making new ones. We got to talking to Andy and his wife Nancy. He owns a heating/air and appliance repair company. Sunshine Cindy used to work for competitors of his in both areas so they had a lot to talk about. A little excitement was the police pulling over a car in the parking lot. With blue lights flashing and a couple more cop cars pulling up it tended to scare off business. LOL

Friday was a day to run errands before we headed to KC’s Sandbar in Ft. Walton Beach for a Parrot Head party. Jan and Kenny provided the music. A good crowd of folks were there as we had another perfect night. Mike and Bev, the owners of KC’s always put on a great party.

Saturday was supposed to be a laid back kind of day. We had no plans so we decided to go to the harbor and Harry T’s for brunch. Well Sunshine Cindy and I had brunch and then started an impromptu harbor crawl. We went to Crab Island Cantina, AJ’s, The Boathouse, Shark Shack, Fishheads and finally to the village for a songwriters showcase. We ran into friends every step of the way. We watched football on the new big outside TV at AJ’s. We talked to Matt as he was booking fishing charters. And we met a Nashville music executive who was helping with the songwriters show. She was one of the emcee’s. Pretty cool. We ended the night at Waffle House. We never expected a long day like that but that is what happens in Destin sometimes.

Sunday was a day to relax as it was drizzling most of the day. Julie, Loujean and Jan tried to get us to join them at Miller’s Ale House but Sunshine Cindy and I needed to chill after the past three days. I did order some pizza and wings from Landshark Pizza but that was the extent of our day.

We are only about four weeks till we have our special Phlocking Raffle Drawing. The drawing will be held during our “Crab Island Mambo Welcome to the Island Party” at Dante’s in Key West on Oct. 29th and you don’t have to be present to win.

You can win a prize package that includes a Canon 16 MP digital camera with 8x zoom and a 4 GB SD memory card. The prize package also includes a Nautica 19” Duffle Bag and a Coleman Tailgater package. The prize package is worth over $500. Here are the details. http://www.crabislandmambo.com/2015-Phlocking-of-the-Phaithful-raffle-page.html  Help us put on the Trop Rock Event “Phlocking of the Phaithful” by purchasing some raffle tickets!

Have a great week! See ya Thursday!!!

Article source: http://destinsteve.blogspot.com/2014/09/typical-destin-weekend.html

Not PBR too

I was reading this week that Pabst Blue Ribbon beer has been bought out by a Russian company. Say it ain’t so. PBR is one of the iconic American Brands that in recent years has made a big comeback. Now it is going the way of Bud, Miller and Coors who are all owned by foreign companies. Thankfully I still have my American owned Yuengling!

It has been a quiet week around Destin. Work has been busy so we have not ventured out yet. We did miss a birthday celebration for Kenny at KC’s Sandbar last night. I have seen a few pictures and it looks like it was a lot of fun. Sorry we didn’t make it Kenny.

I first moved to Destin in 1999. There was a street that I drove all the time, Kelly Street, which is an east/west road that has the elementary school on it. Back in 1999 Kelly Street was rough and in need of repaving. Here we are 15 years later and the road has never been worked on. It is in really bad shape now. I think this road was last paved when horses were the main mode of transportation. LOL  Well, this stretch of road is finally going to be reworked. I kind of hate to see it change as I think of the history that road has seen. But all the cars won’t mind it being modernized.

Most sports fans are happy football is back but I am really happy that hockey is back this week with training camps open and pre-season games being televised. Hockey is the fastest sport and is great to watch. Tampa is going to have a real good team this year. They surprised a lot of folks last year with a bunch of young guys playing great. This year should only be better…I hope!

Registrations continue to come in for our Trop Rock event in Ohio next year, Phlocking of the Phaithful. Remember you don’t have to be a Parrot Head or member of any club to attend. Everyone is welcome. Click the link for all the details: http://www.crabislandmambo.com/Crab-Island-Mambo-presents-Phlocking-of-the-Phaithful.html

Sunshine Cindy and I don’t have much on the agenda for this weekend. We do have a Parrot Head meeting on Friday at KC’s Sandbar in Fort Walton Beach. That will be a fun time as always. The rest of the weekend is wide open. No telling what chaos we might get into too! See ya Monday!

Article source: http://destinsteve.blogspot.com/2014/09/not-pbr-too.html

Last day of Summer

Tuesday is the first official day of Fall. Where did Summer go? It seems like we were just talking about Spring ending and looking forward to the best time of the year and now it’s over. If you can’t tell, I love Summer.

Well, we tried to keep the Summer party going this past weekend. Friday night Sunshine Cindy and I took Tiffany out to McGuire’s to eat. We sat upstairs and enjoyed a nice breeze and great view of the bay and harbor. The food and drinks were good as usual. Even with the main tourist season being over McGuire’s still had a line waiting for tables by the time we left.

From there we went down to the harbor. We walked down to Fishheads. It was national “Talk Like a Pirate Day” and there were many folks dressed up on the harbor. Melissa and Tom, the owners of Fishheads were there and we talked to them for a while. Ken was there with his Great Dane “Baby Girl.” This dog is the size of a small horse but she is so gentle. Josh also had his Great Dane there too. Melissa and Tom are big supporters of the Destin Dog Park so their place is natural for dog owners to congregate on the harbor.

We hung out there for a while people watching and talking to Ken. Sunshine Cindy and I decided to walk down to the Boathouse to see what was going on there. Courtney was behind the outside bar. We got a drink and went in where we saw Kenny, Tommy and Cajun Mike. A little while later Kerby came in. We listened to Jason Clark play and chatted with the guys before heading home for the night.

Saturday was our Crab Island Mambo and ECPHC beach cleanup. It was breezy with nice waves in the Gulf of Mexico. There were tons of folks surfing. We don’t get a lot of good surfing days so they were taking advantage of the conditions. We had a good turnout of people to help with the cleanup and the beach party that followed. The weather was perfect with some clouds that helped keep things cooled down a little. We got home in the late afternoon and relaxed the rest of the evening.

Sunday was a perfect day weather wise. No clouds, low humidity and temps in the upper 80’s. You could not ask for a better day. Sunshine Cindy and I ran several errands in the morning. In the afternoon we went to Landshark Pizza to watch some football. The place was packed but we found some seats at the bar. Jason was working and he introduced us to a friend of his, Lisa. She is from Panama City and is a new Parrot Head member over there. She asked if we knew someone who worked for a car dealership. I knew right away she was talking about our friends Steve and Debbie. That is cool she knows them too.

Brian had a special of Brats and Cheese Curds. Sunshine Cindy got the special and loved it. It came with sauerkraut and she was in her glory. It was a fun time at Landshark even if my Browns lost a heart breaker. Oh well, maybe next time. We got home and sat out on the back porch as the sun went down. Our neighbors dogs were out running around so we got to play with them. It was a nice way to close the weekend.

We are getting the 2015 Phlocking of the Phaithful at Put-in-Bay, Ohio registration into full swing with many folks already getting registered for the big party next year. You can join in the fun too. Here is all the information: http://www.crabislandmambo.com/Crab-Island-Mambo-presents-Phlocking-of-the-Phaithful.html   We are also accepting sponsors for the event. This is a good way to get some publicity for your business while helping us make the 2015 Phlocking a big success.



Have a great week. See ya Thursday!!!

Article source: http://destinsteve.blogspot.com/2014/09/last-day-of-summer.html

Water Spouts in the Gulf

The Emerald Coast had some unusual weather on Tuesday. We were forecast to have rain all day but it turned into several strong storms hitting the entire coast. These storms spawned several huge water spouts. Water spouts are tornado’s that are over water. There were many photo’s and video’s taken of big water spouts in the Gulf of Mexico off of Navarre and one near Pensacola.

In the 15 plus years I have lived in Destin I have seen water spouts about 7 or 8 times. A couple years ago a water spout formed in the gulf, crossed over Okaloosa Island and went into the bay where it finally dissipated. Most of the time water spouts do not cause any damage and that was the case on Tuesday but they were close to land so there was some anxious moments.

On Wednesday Sunshine Cindy and I went to Crust Pizzeria for dinner. Charlie and Brenda were off on a mini vacation so we missed them. Nick took care of us. He had a Saints tee shirt on so I had to give him a hard time about the last two weeks where my two teams beat them. He was good natured about it. I told him my Browns don’t win often so I have to gloat when I can! LOL  The food was good as usual as we had a chance to relax a little.

Last week I mentioned hearing Fisherman’s Wharf was going to close. I saw a report in the paper that said the owners of the property confirmed that on Nov. 1st the Wharf will close and they are not sure what they will do with property next. They mentioned another restaurant or possibly a hotel. I would bet on a restaurant.

This is the time of the year we start to see more festivals around our area. This weekend is a BBQ festival at The Landing in downtown Fort Walton Beach and a Latin festival at the Conference Center on the island. In two weeks is the Destin Seafood Festival. They will start to come one right after the other now.

This Saturday we will be hosting a beach clean-up and beach party at Beachwalk #2 on Okaloosa Island with the ECPHC. Everyone is welcome to come out and help us clean up and then party with us the rest of the day. It starts at 9:30 am and goes till whenever we decide to call it quits sometime in the late afternoon. We hope to see a lot of our friends out on the beach. Most of the tourist are gone so this is a perfect time for the locals to come out and play. We will have our Crab Island Mambo Phlocking of the Phaithful raffle tickets with us for anyone that wants to take a chance on winning the $500 plus prize package. See us on the beach for your tickets! http://www.crabislandmambo.com/2015-Phlocking-of-the-Phaithful-raffle-page.html

I will have a full report on the weekend fun on Monday. See ya then!!!

Article source: http://destinsteve.blogspot.com/2014/09/water-spouts-in-gulf.html