By Lori Leath Smith While incarcerated, Destin resident and Army veteran Geoff Speyrer never dreamed he’d one day be a champion of bringing hope and awareness to veteran suicide. But now he is! Sadly, 22 veterans and active-duty members per day take their lives thinking there is no hope. But Geoff has...
By Rita L. Sherwood Whether you’re a local or not, one major issue with our beautiful beaches here on the Emerald Coast is helping the sea turtles. If you’ve been to the beach, I bet you’ve either seen an area roped off for a sea turtle’s nest, seen a sign...
By Brian L. Underwood, CBEP Executive Director, and Lori Smith, Publisher One of our area’s most beautiful, coveted and useful resources has been experiencing significant challenges—ones that affect water quality, natural systems and benefits provided by our own Choctawhatchee Bay. And, whether you think about it or not, this massive...
By Lori Leath Smith One usually travels TO a wall, but this one’s coming to us! The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall© is arriving in our area to be showcased at Gulf Cemetery’s Memorial Day service, fitting for this year’s theme “United in Sacrifice, Honored in Remembrance.” To be displayed throughout Memorial...
By 1st Lt. Karissa Rodriguez Recently, the name and the official role of the Air Force’s newest fighter was unveiled at Eglin Air Force Base. Lt. Gen. Duke Richardson, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics military deputy, presented the F-15EX Eagle ll...
By Rita L. Sherwood According to National Geographic, up to 8 million tons of plastic and waste enter our ocean and Bay waters every single year. More than 250 million tons of plastic are estimated to make its way into our oceans by 2025, according to projectaware.org. Everyday trash is entering...
“Unprecedented” is the Word for 2020 By Dave White, Publisher, SoWal Life & PCB Life Users of the online dictionary, Dictionary.com, voted “unprecedented” as the People’s Choice 2020 Word of the Year. Can anyone disagree? 2020 has certainly been an unprecedented year of problems, challenges, pivots, solutions and, perhaps, even successes....
By Victoria Ostrosky Christmas 2020. This will be one for the books. For everyone, this year has been a challenge, and for non-profits, this year has been especially difficult. Holding fundraisers and sponsoring events like they normally do to raise the funds required to continue their much-needed work has not...

Our Thankful Community

By Heather Bennett One of the many great things about living along The Emerald Coast is our sense of community. We cheer on one another, we pray for one another, and we show up for one another when we are in need. Our community is passionate about showing up for...
By Heather Bennett Hope is an optimistic feeling, based on the desire or wish for a positive outcome. Hope can also be faith in the unknown. For HOPE Project, Inc., hope means Healing Our Patriots With Equines. Through equine therapy, this nonprofit organization is giving hope to veterans, first responders...

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