Community Briefs March 1

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Solaris recognized for Destin Florida weddings by the Knot

 SunQuest Cruises Solaris announced they have been selected as a 2014 winner in the Knot Best of Weddings. Winners represent the top one percent of reviews from recently married couples. This is the fifth consecutive year Solaris has been recognized by the Knot for their Destin Florida weddings.

“This award is one of the most meaningful to us because it is a direct result of the reviews our Solaris couples have left about their wedding experience with us,” said James Murray, general manager for Solaris. “For over 10 years, we’ve had the honor of making dreams come true for engaged couples seeking a truly memorable and worry-free experience for their Destin wedding.”

SRB student named to honor roll

Griff Baxley of Santa Rosa Beach and Lawson McInnis of Miramar Beach were named to the Honor Roll for the fall semester at the McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tenn.

To qualify for the Honor Roll, a student must earn at least an overall B+ average with no grade lower than a B-.

Griff is the son of Joel and Nancy Baxley of Santa Rosa Beach, and Lawson is the son of Procter and Samantha McInnis of Miramar Beach.

McCallie, a college preparatory boarding and day school for boys, is considered one of the nation’s top independent schools.

Haz-Mat Collection Day

The Walton Board of County Commissioners will sponsor a project from 8 a.m. to noon March 22 at the Walton County Fairgrounds in DeFuniak Springs and the South Walton Mosquito Control Office, County Road 393 in Santa  Rosa Beach, to collect, recycle, treat and properly dispose of these and other household hazardous wastes: pesticides, used oil, stale gasoline, solvents, fertilizers, paint, paint thinners, paint strippers, batteries, furniture polish, brake fluid, engine degreasers, anti-freeze, pool chemicals, insecticides and spot removers.

Waste tire amnesty will also be held on the same date, during the same hours and locations. Walton County residents may bring up to 12 tires per residence. No gas cylinders or explosives.

 Due to hazardous nature of certain components in home computers, we will be accepting old computer hardware including processors, monitors, keyboards, printers, scanners, etc.

Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators (small businesses, schools, growers, etc.) will be accepted at a reduced rate. 

For more information or to schedule a drop-off time, contact the Landfill Department at 892-8180.

Margaret McDowell in Wall Street Journal

Margaret McDowell, firm founder and principal of Arbor Wealth Management, was recently featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal Business and Finance section. There was a bold cutout of some of her comments underneath the article title, “Gross’s Black and Blue Year:  Clients Pull a Net $41.1 Billion from Pimco Total Return Fund, an Industry Record.”

“Being featured in this fashion in the world’s most widely-read investment daily newspaper is a tribute to Margaret’s stature and respect in the investment world and we are naturally very proud,” said Paul G. McDowell, director of business development at Arbor Wealth Management.

Mary Clemmons earns Dean’s List status

Mary Clemmons of Santa Rosa Beach, a member of the class of 2017 at Washington and Lee University, has earned Dean’s List status for the recently ended winter term 2013.

Dean’s list status at Washington and Lee represents a term grade-average of at least 3.4 on a 4.0 scale.

WaterColor Inn & Resort receives Four-Star rating

The St. Joe Company recently announced that its WaterColor Inn & Resort has received for the second year in a row a Four-Star rating from Forbes Travel Guide.  The WaterColor Inn & Resort, which is a component of St. Joe Club & Resorts, is one of only 20 hotels in Florida to earn this honor.  

“We’re thrilled to receive this designation for a second time,” said Patrick Murphy, vice president of operations for The St. Joe Company.  “Excellence in service and accommodations is what WaterColor Inn & Resort strives to provide guests. While we are always honored with each award or accolade it receives, the acclamation we value most is the satisfaction of guests.”