Staff Writer
The Destin Log

All area codes are 850 unless specified.

Destin City Hall

All City Council meetings, workshops, executive sessions and CRA Board meetings are held at the City Hall Annex, 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. All other board and committee meetings are held at City Hall, 4200 Indian Bayou Trail.

• Town Center CRA-AC, 5:30 p.m. May 18

• Harbor & Waterways Board, 5 p.m. May 23

• Environmental/Parks & Recreation/Tree Board, 4 p.m. May 24

Republican Women

The Walton Republican Women Federated will meet at 11 a.m. May 18 at Cantina Laredo, 585 Grand Boulevard. This month’s program will be District 5, State Representative Brad Drake. Cost of lunch is $22/guests and $20/members. Reservations are required at 301-518-0316, email or visit


Nicholas Kowalczyk, associate counsel with Kelly Services, will share recent legal developments, industry trends, and best practices of joint employment and co-employment issues May 18 in Career Source Conference Room, 409 Racetrack Road in Fort Walton Beach. Registrations begins at 7:15 a.m. Breakfast will be provided by Waffle House. Call 651-7200, ext. 4303.

Horticulture Studies

The Tri-County Horticulture Studies Group will meet at 10 a.m. May 26 at the Valparaiso Library, Room 3, 459 Valparaiso Parkway. The program, given by Escambia County Horticulture Extension Agent Beth Bolles, will be “Insects, Arthropods, and Other Animals of Importance in Gardens.” Following the program, a field trip to Valparaiso Garden Club’s award winning Paradise Gardens, a garden for pollinators, will be offered. After visiting Paradise Gardens, participants are invited to a plant sale and tour of the Harrison garden at 166 Edge Ave., Valparaiso. Proceeds will benefit Paradise Gardens.

Republican Club

The Okaloosa County Republican Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. May 26 at American Legion Post 235, 105 S.W. Hollywood Blvd., in Fort Walton beach. Okaloosa County Property Appraiser Forum will present the program. Price of dinner is $15 and includes drinks and gratuity. Make reservations at call 376-2287.


The Mac Users Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. June 6 in the NWF State College Student Services Center, Room 130. Eddie Branch will present: “Finder – The Eye to Your Mac” and “The Power of Preview.”

For more information, visit, call 862-3327 or email

Referral Leaders International

More than 30 of the top Destin professionals and business owners meet Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 790 on the Gulf to share connections and referrals. Come ready to talk about your products/services, and get help to grow your business. Call 897-1957.

Toastmasters International

To become more effective communicators and leaders, visit one or more of the Toastmasters clubs at the following or visit

• Club 702 White Sands Toastmasters, 12-1 p.m. Thursdays at 415 Racetrack Road NE, in Fort Walton Beach.

• Club 1919 Emerald Coast Toastmasters, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays at Education Bldg 251, Room 122 Eglin AFB.

• Club 9478 Hurlburt Toastmasters, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Education Center Bldg. 221, Classroom L, Hurburt Field.

• Club 724908 Destin Toastmasters, 5:45-7:15 p.m. 1st and 3rd Tuesday each month at Walton Utility Co. Building.

• Club 817348 Crestview Toastmasters, 6-7 p.m. 2nd and 4th Tuesday each month at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Crestview.

• Club 851515 Lake DeFuniak Toastmasters, 12-1 p.m. 2nd and 4th Thursday each month at Northwest Florida State College, Room 103 at the Chautauqua Center.

Seniors of Destin

The Seniors of Destin meet the fourth Friday of the month for a covered dish and to celebrate all birthdays for the month. The program is sponsored by the City of Destin and Gentiva Home Health. Each month has a featured guest speaker that pertains to senior living. Call 685-5310.

Betterment Alliance

The Main Street Betterment Alliance meets at 6 p.m. Tuesdays at the American Legion, 311 Main Street. Call 837-3818.

Destin Business Builders

Destin Business Builders Networking group meets from 7:15-8:45 a.m. every Wednesday at the Destin United Methodist Life Center. Call 651-1300, ext. 13.

Coffee and Cars

Emerald Coast Muscle Car Club hosts Coffee and Cars the last Sunday of every month in Uptown Station in Fort Walton Beach. For information, call 200-2465 or email

Food Buying Club

A small group interested in eating healthy and purchasing smart meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at 125 Scottsdale Court in Mary Esther. On the second Tuesday, the group meets at Fountain Square in downtown Fort Walton Beach for the Growing Local film series. Call 863-4040.

Kiwanis Club of Destin

The Kiwanis Club of Destin meets every Thursday at 8 a.m. at the Destin Methodist Church Life Center on Beach Drive in Destin. The public is invited to attend the club’s weekly meetings.

Destin Rotary

The Destin Rotary meets at 7:15 a.m. every Tuesday at Rutherford’s 465. Visit

Flotilla 1-4 USCG Auxiliary

Flotilla 1-4 USCG Auxiliary meets at 8 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month at Coast Guard Station Destin on Okaloosa Island. Anyone wishing to become a member is welcome to attend. Prior military duty is not required. Call 865-9130 or email