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Make the most out of your vacation at these Gulf Coast dining hot spots

Date: 7/28/2015 12:52:00 PM

Don't forget to tell us about your favorite beach spots in the comments below. With locations in Destin and Santa Rosa, Fla., this cafe and bakery has become a vacation-must for many beach-goers. Outside of their expansive donut selection including red

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The Marshall Tucker Band Loves America!

The Huffington Post

Date: 7/28/2015 11:27:00 AM

About his service to his country, Gray is quoted as saying, "We stand for them, because others stood for us." Toy Factory Band, Ft Walton Beach, FL. 1970: Doug Gray, George McCorkle, Ron Edwards, Tommy Caldwell, Toy Caldwell and Wayne Casasanta The

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Northwest Florida Set To Host Juco Hoops All-Star Weekend


Date: 7/24/2015 8:08:00 PM

NICEVILLE, FL It may be a bit odd to be talking about an All-Star event in the midst of that sport's offseason, but we doing just that in terms of women's juco hoops! For a 4th straight year the Arena at Northwest Florida is hosting the Juco All-Star weekend

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Niceville park issued hazardous water advisory

Crestview Bulletin News

Date: 7/23/2015 9:26:00 AM

Lincoln Park, Valparaiso; Poquito Park, Shalimar; Liza Jackson Park and Garniers Park, Fort Walton Beach; Gulf Islands National Seashore, East Pass, Emerald Promenade, Marler Park, and Wayside Park, Okaloosa Island; and Clement E. Taylor Park, Henderson

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5 ways to enjoy the Emerald Coast like a tourist

NW Florida Daily News

Date: 7/23/2015 7:47:00 AM

The more decadent, the better. Think the Key lime pie doughnut from the Donut Hole in Destin, the big breakfast bowl at Asiago’s Skillet on Okaloosa Island or the lobster and brie omelet at Another Broken Egg’s several locations. For lunch, opt for

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Destin | Okaloosa Island | Ft. Walton Beach | Shalimar | Niceville | is a community located along the Emerald Coast - Gulf of Mexico.

This area is known for its white beaches and emerald green waters. Originating as a small fishing village, it is now a popular tourist destination – according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, over 80 percent of the Emerald Coast's 4.5 million visitors each year visit Destin-Ft.Walton Beach. Destin styles itself "The World's Luckiest Fishing Village", and claims to have the largest fishing vessel fleet in the state of Florida.

Destin is named after Captain Leonard Destin, a New London, Connecticut fishing master who settled in the area c. 1845 or 1850. The first condominiums were built in the 1970s, although Destin was not incorporated as a municipality until 1984. The city has experienced rapid growth since the 1980s.

The city is located on a peninsula separating the Gulf of Mexico from Choctawhatchee Bay. The peninsula was originally an island; hurricanes and sea level changes gradually connected the island to the mainland. As of the 1940s it technically became an island again with the completion of the Choctawhatchee-west bay canal. Destin has a total area of 8.2 mi². 17.5 mi² of it is land and 0.6 mi² of it (7.95%) is water.

Destin is near several other cities in the region. The city of Fort Walton Beach is located to the west at the inlet of Santa Rosa Sound into Choctawhatchee Bay. North of Destin, across the bay is Niceville, with the Mid-Bay Bridge linking the two by road. Panama City (to the east) and Pensacola (to the west) are each about 50 miles away.

At the western tip of the peninsula is East Pass (also known as Destin Pass), separating it from Santa Rosa Island to the west. East Pass is the only outlet of Choctawhatchee Bay into the Gulf of Mexico, Many sources claim that the pass was dug by hand with an inrush of water widening it within hours. The pass appears in early maps and surveys from Spanish, French, and English surveyors, such as Thomas Jefferys's 1775 map The Coast of West Florida and Louisiana. Frequent dredging is required to keep East Pass navigable.

"Crab Island," a significant sandbar located in East Pass, is a popular anchorage in the area. The entrance to Destin Harbor, a lagoon between the beaches and the main body of the western portion of the peninsula, is located just north of the East Pass jetty. The lagoon is formed by a sand spit named Holiday Isle; many condominiums have been built along the harbor since the 1970s.
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