The Taylor Haugen Trophy award given each year will now include a $1,000 donation to the athletic department of the Trophy winner’s school! This is in addition to the winner earning the trophy and a $1,000 scholarship. Every February the prestigious Taylor Haugen Trophy is awarded to a high school...
By Kelly Humphrey At an age when many folks are enjoying a well-deserved retirement, the 87-year-old has as much energy as three 29-year-olds. Between overseeing his multiple business operations and staying active in his community, Herden stays fit and mentally sharp. While he has no intention of slowing down, after...
The Extraordinary Story Behind The Community By Kelly Humphrey Some might call it the end of an era. After more than 45 years of serving as the face of the Bluewater Bay development, Raimund Herden has left the area to return to his native Germany. As he says good-bye to his...
By Beth Jackson and Kelly Layman There was a big “race” this year – and all of Walton County won! A major “sea change” happened in early 2020 – and it was buried amid the national tsunami of challenging times. Did you know … A group of locals took on a Fortune 500...
By Lori Leath Smith Longtime local and Bay Life favorite Sean Dietrich (sometimes better known as “Sean of the South”) is a traveling storyteller, podcaster and Southern Living writer known for his daily column filled with stories of steel workers, church potlucks and trusty bloodhounds. His penned words seem to...
Serenity Village Will Offer Safe, Protected Environment A vision that began with a handful of residents in 2008 now supports 33 women, three graduates and a 5-year-old in transition in the program! The Path of Grace Women’s Recovery Home has steadily been growing over the past 10 years. The Path of...
Rescuing and Rehoming Cats and Dogs For 35 Years By Lori Leath Smith In September 1982, Pet Welfare was founded for military members needing a safe place to leave their pets until a home could be found. Today, the organization continues to provide this service with an all-volunteer force. Pet Welfare...
Northwest Florida State College is a lighthouse in this region and has been steadfast in fulfilling its mission of improving lives long before the unprecedented challenges of 2020. Through the good times and the bad, we have kept our focus on our most important asset – Our Students. Now...

Bay Buzz Dec. 2020

Emerald Coast Marine Launches ECM Cares Emerald Coast Marine (ECM) has launched its new philanthropic arm, “ECM cares.” Our first effort launches this Christmas as we support “Children in Crisis,” an awesome 501c3 organization that works to keep siblings together who have had to be separated from their families due...
Wreaths Across America held a ceremony on Dec. 19,  for the 3rd annual event that takes place at the Destin Memorial Cemetery. The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 296 and community volunteers placed wreaths at every veteran’s grave in both the Destin Memorial and Marler cemeteries. Help from the community...

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