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20th Annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic

June 22-26, 2022

20th Anniversary Art Contest Winner for the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic
*Note that the above photo is the 20th Anniversary Art Contest Winner, submitted by Cole Sauls.

It's time to get your gear ready and start thinking about the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic. It's never too early to get your registration form in and start making plans. In the 2021 event, there was a total of 88 boats with $1,976,300 in Cash Awards. If you'll recall, the winner was High Cotton with a 681 lb. Blue Marlin.

This year, the purse is over $2 million. That's pretty amazing when you consider the first tournament in 2003 had just 45 teams with cash awards of just under $330K.

2022 Schedule of Events

The 2022 Schedule of…

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Trees on the Coast dune fence project

Destin Real Estate Gives Back: Dune Fence Project

Trees on the Coast is a non-profit organization, founded in 2015, that focuses on preservation, beautification, planting trees and picking up trash in Okaloosa County, Florida. One of their current projects is installing dune fencing on Okaloosa Island. Dune fencing preserves our white sand beaches by forcing sand to accumulate in a desired place. These fences prevent erosion of the Emerald Coast's most valuable asset, our beaches.

Destin Real Estate was excited to participate in the dune fence project between beach access 7-9 on Okaloosa Island on Friday Nov 12, 2021. A total of 161 new fences were built Friday by members of ECAR (Emerald Coast Association of Realtors) and Trees on the…

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Destin holiday events 2021

Destin Events from November to December 2021

This list of holiday events in the Destin area has most of your old favorites, plus some new events thrown in. Keep in mind that organizers have worked hard to take necessary precautions to ensure a safe and clean environment for everyone involved, let's all do the same. Enjoy the upcoming holiday season and stay safe.

November 2021

Baytowne on Ice - October 31 - February 6/2021 - Every day, times vary -

Ice skating at the Village of Baytowne Wharf
Get skating schedule here

Veterans Day Celebration on the Harbor - November 11,2021 | 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Location: HarborWalk Village
The ceremony will include historical remembrance and recognition of all branches of the services, patriotic…

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Destin fishing

Upgrades to the Baytowne Marina at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort are looking good for the 2021 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic.

The Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is a sought after destination for offshore fishing. The location couldn't be more appropriate. Overlooking Choctawhatchee Bay, boaters have a short ride to the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Home to the "big money", Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic, this popular event attracts sport fishermen from all over the world.

Within the resort, the Baytowne Marina currently has over 123 active slips that can accommodate vessels up to 140 feet. You can gas up your boat, acquire short or long term dockage, or use the personal marina concierge to book a tee time, or make a reservation…

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Destin FL 2020 Holiday event guide

Destin Events from Thanksgiving to Christmas 2020

The list of 2020 holiday events in the Destin area may be slightly pared down from previous years, but there is still plenty to look forward to. Keep in mind that organizers have worked hard to take necessary precautions to ensure a safe and clean environment for everyone involved, let's all do the same. Enjoy the upcoming holiday season and stay safe.

November 2020

22nd Annual Pinfish Classic - Sat., November 7, 2020,
Space is limited and you must pre-register for the event at the Destin Community Center. Last day to register is Friday, November 6th at 5:00 p.m. Time slots are available at 7:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m., and 9:00 a.m. Participants must bring a pole and staff will provide the bait. The…

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Four Mile Village, a Beachfront Paradise

Sea Oats by the beach at Four Mile Village, Miramar Beach FL

Just off Hwy 98 amid the bustling malls and resorts of Miramar Beach, Florida is a hidden gem that even some locals have yet to explore. In fact, traveling down the densely forested Village Road and through the gates of Four Mile Village is like taking a step back in time. Four Mile Village is reminiscent of the old Florida before the big hotels and condos. When people came to the area to truly get away from it all, surround themselves in nature and relax. Days were filled with fishing, walking the white sand beaches, and splashing in the Gulf with the kids. 

Designed for quality not quantity, Four Mile Village has fewer than 50 homesites, each sitting on oversized lots with height restrictions to…

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Florida sport fishing

So it looks like the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic in Destin, Florida is a go for 2020. There will be a few changes, fewer or no public events, but still an exciting tournament for all to enjoy. Here is the official announcement as reported on fishecbc.com:

IMPORTANT TOURNAMENT UPDATE
The Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic will take place June 17th-21st. We’ve monitored the impact and regulations surrounding the Coronavirus and feel we can hold the tournament safely and responsibly with no social or public events and by asking our participants to follow social distancing and other health precautions.

Over the next week we’ll be modifying procedures and updating the schedule. In the meantime we would like to take this time to thank our…

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North Beach Tortilla Company

You can never have too many restaurants to choose from, and now it looks like we have a new addition - North Beach Tortilla Company in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. They've got a dreamy open-air beach bar looking out over the water and right next to a sandy beach.

On their website they boast 100 types of tequila, and describe themselves as a:
"North Florida taco and tequila joint — a hangout where “Tacos Grow on Trees and Tequila Always Wins.”

Their location is at the foot of the 331 Bridge in South Walton, across from The Bay restaurant. 24200 Hwy. 331 South Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 | 850-622-8226

Sounds like a fun spot, will definitely be trying this out. Welcome to the hood!

View Dinner menu for the North Beach Tortilla Company

 

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Destin summer events 2019

2019 Summer Events in Destin & 30A

We've got another exciting summer in Destin, filled with free concerts, weekly fireworks displays, fishing tournaments, farmers markets and so much more. 

Here is a list of some of the top events going on the summer of 2019 in Destin and the 30A. If we've missed any, just let us know and we'll add them to the list.

June 2019

Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic at Sandestin | June 19-23
The 17th annual Blue Marlin Classic begins at noon on June 20. The tournament kicks off on the 19th with the Golf Scramble and Captain's Meeting. Don't forget the Kid's Catch & Release Tournament on June 21. View a full schedule of events and checklist here | Website: https://www.fishecbc.com/

Rock the Docks - Every…

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Destin & 30A construction report

New Construction in Destin & 30A

Looking for a new construction home or condo on the Emerald Coast? Here is the June 2019 report of some of the hottest new construction for single-family homes and condos in Destin and along the 30A. For anyone seeking a brand new house, or looking for pre-construction opportunities, this is a good place to start your search. As always, just contact Tim for more information, or view all Destin & 30A New Construction Listings here.

Alys Beach

The Camden & The Whitby at Alys Beach

Everyone is talking about this new development in Alys Beach. Located right in the heart of the city center, and just a short walk to the beach, residents of The Camden and The Whitby will enjoy the very best of Alys Beach, right…

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