Community Briefs Jan. 18

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Delinquent business tax receipts

Okaloosa County Tax Collector Ben Anderson would like to inform business owners that field agents from the Tax Collector’s Office are in the process of collecting delinquent Business Tax Receipts. Formally known as an Occupational License, BTRs are required to conduct business in Okaloosa County.

“For those with an expired Business Tax Receipt, please renew them as soon as possible to avoid additional penalties,” said Anderson.

Business Tax Receipts can be paid at any Okaloosa County Tax Collector Branch, at, or by phone at 651-7300.

Amanda Bailey graduates from Samford

Destinite Amanda Michelle Bailey graduated from Samford University's Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing during fall commencement. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Samford University is consistently ranked in the top tier of its peer group by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1841, it is the largest private university in Alabama with an all-time high of 4,833 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled this year.

Huntingdon announces Dean's List honorees

Garrett Anthony Fletcher and Ian Michael Sullivan, both of Destin, were recently honored for their academic performance during the fall semester 2013. Both were recognized on the Dean’s List of High Honors for those who achieved semester grade point averages of 3.8 to 4.0.

First Florida Bank announces new hires

Frank B. Burge, Chairman of First Florida Bank, has announced the additions of Andy Marshall as executive vice-president and Don Collins as vice-president/commercial lender.

“I’ll be working with all areas of operations,” said Marshall. “I see my job as ‘getting all faces pointed in the right direction’, establishing common goals and common structure. First Florida is an exceptionally strong and well run community bank. My hope and goal is to assist them in growing and expanding into the future while maintaining and enhancing the outstanding customer service for which they’ve become famous.”

Collins has served at area banks since 1988, including positions as president and senior vice president/retail banking. Now based in First Florida Bank’s Niceville branch, he will provide service to Walton and Okaloosa counties.

“The management team is very experienced, very solid in their thought process, continuity plans, model, vision and preparation. Everything is local – the decisions are made here, and the opportunity to work with them is very exciting,” said Collins.

Squadron reunion

7th Air Commando/Special Operations Squadron (7 ACS / 7 SOS), all years, and all Combat Talon units will hold a Reunion May 15-18 at the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort in Fort Walton Beach. Contact Max Friedauer, 7th Air Commando Society, 10 Ridgelake Dr., Mary Esther, FL 32569, call 850-243-1343 or email for more information.