It's almost June, and it's awards season once again.
The Billboard Music Awards and the Tonys are on the horizon. "The Voice" and "American Idol" are in full swing. Locally speaking, you've no doubt heard of awards such as Best in Destin, Finest on the Emerald Coast, and Super Significant People (SSPA). Wait. What? You've never heard of the latter? Well, I can assure you, dear readers, that the SSPA winners, hand picked by yours truly of course, are indeed VIP's. In my esteemed book, they go above and beyond the call of duty, provide consistently awesome customer service, exude professionalism, and greet me with a smile — and most know me by name. They are all worthy of recognition.
And so, ladies and gentlemen, without further adieu, here are, in no particular order, the Destin area winners of my Super Significant People Awards:
Melissa, Walmart tire department cashier; CJ, Destin post office; Sarah, Will and Kitty, Destin Library; Steele, Goodyear Tire; Jeri Lyn and Amy, Sugarloaf Apartments managers; the maintenance staff at Sugarloaf Apartments; Donna, Acentria Insurance account manager; Minda, Oxana, and Kristena, Dollar General on Harbor Boulevard; Beverly, Eglin Federal Credit Union teller; Patricia, Dollar Tree cashier; the entire staff, including security officers, at Ross Dress for Less; Allegiant Airlines (I was a first time flyer Mother's Day weekend and experienced my best flight ever roundtrip Destin to Kansas City, Mo.); the Smoothie King employees at the Airport Road store; Joey, Dress Barn cashier; Gabby and Lindsey, Walgreen's cashiers at Danny Wuerffel Way; Frank and Michael, T-Mobile at Destin Commons; Chris, Cox Cable technician; Elvera, cashier at Walgreen's by Target; and Marina, pharmacy cashier at Walmart in Destin.
I personally wish to thank each and every one of my SSPA winners from the bottom of my heart. There is no monetary reward, trophy, or plaque. However, what you have earned is priceless — recognition, gratitude, and distinction. Winners, I salute you.
Cynthia Burton is a contributor and former U.S. Marine.