Celebrating 4th of July at the Beach!

Celebrating Independence Day Emerald Coast-Style

No matter where you live in the United States, the 4th of July represents a day of national pride and an opportunity to set aside differences and reflect on all the things that make our nation strong. From backyard barbeques and neighborhood parades to festivals and spectacular fireworks displays, families and friends will gather in every community to enjoy traditions that are as American as baseball and apple pie.

In the neighborhoods served by the Premier Property Group, visitors and residents get to experience all this excitement against a backdrop of some of the nation’s most exquisite coastal environment. In fact, many take in the region’s amazing fireworks displays from a boat in one of our region’s bays, intercoastal waterways or the Gulf of Mexico. For those who prefer the stability of terra firma, the beach provides a front row seat to many of the Emerald Coast’s best pyrotechnic displays.

Whatever your preference, be sure to take advantage of one of these Emerald Coast 4th of July specials!

Destin/Ft. Walton Beach Happenings

Destin Commons Smoke on the Coast

Get ahead of Independence Day mania and take in the annual Destin Commons Smoke on the Coast event, featuring plenty of barbeque, live music, street performers and kid fun. The July 3rd gathering is entering its 9th year as a charitable event driven by culinary teams that partner with local non-profit groups and compete for the People’s Choice grand prize. The Forrest Williams Band will kick off an evening of live music at 5 p.m., followed by the Heritage Band at 7 p.m. A fireworks extravaganza will cap off the evening that typically raises more than $85,000.

Red, White and Baytowne

Locals and visitors alike can always count on The Village of Baytowne Wharf for family fun and excitement on most holidays. Beginning at 6 p.m. on July 4th, the streets will come alive with plenty of live music and a variety of kids entertainment and crafts, including face painting and balloon sculpting. Then, the skies will light up at 9:15 p.m. with the district’s annual fireworks display over the Choctawhatchee Bay.

Harborwalk Village will feature live music with Eli Hannon and Crushed Velvet starting at 7:00 p.m. on July 4th, along with its annual fireworks display over the Destin Harbor at 9:15 p.m.

For those who can’t make an Independence Day fireworks gathering, the weekly fireworks display from the Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier and over the beach at The Boardwalk will be held Wednesday, July 3rd at 9 p.m.

While the details have not officially been announced yet, a celebration is also scheduled for July 4th at Ft. Walton Beach Landing.

30A Celebrations

Nearly every community along the Highway 30A corridor—from Rosemary Beach and Alys Beach to Seaside and Watercolor—will feature a stunning fireworks display as part of their Independence Day festivities. The annual 30A 4th of July Parade will also kick off in front of Seagrove Plaza at 8 a.m., featuring an array of costumed participants, bikes, cars and floats decked out in full patriotic regalia. Contestants parade 1.5 miles to Seaside, where a panel of judges selects the winning entries. Family fun and music are then provided at the Seaside amphitheater.

Panama City Beach Fun

The 6the Annual Laguna Beach Golf Cart Parade is slated for July 3rd at 6 p.m., offering a great opportunity for family fun decorating golf carts, bikes, scooter—or whatever is available. Independence Day will feature the impressive Star Spangled Spectacular fireworks display launched from the M.B. Miller County Pier near Pier Park.

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Gearing up for Summer Fishing

Gulf Coast Anglers Gear Up for Summer!

Upcoming fishing seasons and tournaments

The Florida Gulf Coast is widely-recognized for its amazing sport fishing opportunities and tasty catches—many sought out by even the most discriminating foodies. It’s why the city of Destin has long been coined the “World’s Luckiest Fishing Village” and why ardent anglers travel from all over the world to get in on the action.

The good news is that our region offer endless options for wetting a hook year-round, whether trolling or bottom-fishing on the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico or fishing in the Emerald Coast’s plentiful bays and lakes. But, not all months offer the same opportunities, and fishing aficionados will want to be aware of the seasons for various species of fish. Notably, the summer months offer some of the region’s most sought-after fishing opportunities that visitors and residents alike will not want to miss.

17th Annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic

One of Destin’s premier offshore fishing events, the Blue Marlin Classic is recognized as the “Richest Fishing Tournament” for its sizeable prize purse. In fact, the tournament set a Gulf Coast record in 2016 when the purse reached a whopping $1.95 million. Scheduled for June 29-23, 2019 at the Baytowne Marina, the event features cash categories for billfish, dolphin, tuna and wahoo as well as individual angler prizes. Nightly entertainment is offered and open to the public, including a live cooking demonstration, fireworks and live music.

Redfish Tournament Series

For those who prefer the quieter, more laid back atmosphere of inshore fishing, the Emerald Coast Redfish Circuit tournament schedule runs year-round. Next dates up include May 18 in Gulf Breeze and August 17 in Navarre. The organization promotes itself as a family-oriented club for all levels of anglers.

Seasonal Salt-Water Fishing

Anglers will find that summer is popular for many saltwater species including wahoo, dolphin, tuna, mahi-mahi, marlin, king mackerel, chicken dolphins, snapper and grouper.

Red Snapper

For many Gulf Coast anglers, catching the coveted red snapper is the holy grail of summer fishing. This sought-after, flavorful fish has not only put Emerald Coast dining on the map, but it’s great fun to catch for people of all sizes and experience levels. Caught in deep water (60-440 feet), red snapper typically top out in size around 25 pounds, although Destin holds the record for Florida’s largest weighing in at 46 pounds. The Emerald Coast is home to many species of snapper including blackfin, cubera, dog snapper, gray snapper, queen snapper, lane snappers and the schoolmaster, but the popularity of the red snapper has resulted in restrictions that many of the other categories don’t share. Overfished due to its value, red snapper season is typically limited and varies by year. The 2019 red snapper recreational season will be open from June 11-July 12. For federally-permitted for-hire vessels, the season runs from June 1-August 1, 2019.  


Grouper is another popular catch along Florida’s Gulf Coast that is celebrated for its mild, sweet flavor. Also caught in deep waters, many categories of grouper exist including black, gag, red, scamp, snowy and warsaw. Grouper size varies widely depending on the type. For example, a black grouper can reach nearly 100 pounds while a gag grouper typically ranges in size between 15 and 30 pounds. While restrictions also exist for catching and keeping gag grouper, June 1st marks the beginning of the 2019 season, which runs through December.

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Your Dream Beach Wedding

Emerald Coast Weddings: What’s Trending

It’s not surprising that hundreds of couples choose the Emerald Coast each year for their destination weddings. Not only does our region’s natural splendor provide a one-of-a-kind backdrop, but the offerings here are as unique as the brides and grooms themselves.

For example, couples can get married on a boat, at a resort, in a state park, in a lodge, in a chapel, and of course, at the beach. They can opt for simple or extravagant, indoor or outdoor, any time of the year.

Certified wedding planner Kristi Purvis of Kiss the Bride Wedding & Event Planning said that 95 percent of the weddings she handles are destination weddings, with the lion’s share coming from Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi. She has spent the last eight years planning weddings and events in South Walton.

Perhaps surprisingly, she has seen a trend away from beach weddings, with couples choosing to be near the beach without actually being on the beach.

“I tend to do luxury weddings, and the brides often want to be able to have their pictures on the beach without necessarily having their toes in the sand during the ceremony,” Purvis said. “They don’t want their guests getting sandy, and the brides often want to be able to wear heels for the ceremony.”

That trend toward weddings near the water drives her to partner frequently with WaterColor Inn and Resort, Alys Beach, Vue on 30A, The Pearl, and the Hilton Sandestin. These venues have become her go-to because they are sought after, and they have so much to offer in terms of accommodations, event venues and amenities.

Alys Beach and WaterColor, for example, have gorgeous lawns steps away from the beach, while The Vue has a terrace overlooking the Gulf. The Hilton Sandestin has Gulf-front decks, and The Pearl has a rooftop space with European architecture that is perfect for weddings.

Unique to Alys Beach, couples can personalize the event food by building an on-site kitchen for caterers to use, while the other properties include their in-house catering staff as part of the venue package.

Purvis pointed out that there’s a misconception about what beach weddings “look like,” and that many people are surprised to find that weddings here can be elaborate and luxurious.

“People assume a beach wedding means a couple of chairs on the beach with people standing in the sand, but that’s not even close,” she said. “People might not think they can find luxury here but places like Alys Beach and WaterColor are known for their beautiful architecture and gorgeous lawns.”

Some brides host weddings that exceed $100,000, with chandeliers, drapings, and clear-top tents, as well as beautiful head tables and seating lounges for their guests.

The other trend Purvis has observed over the last couple of years is the move toward weekend-long gatherings as a way to capitalize on their visit to such a great area. Rather than hosting a one-day event, couples are scheduling bonfires, parties, lunches, and a variety of activities for their guests while they are in town.

Purvis admits that the weather often presents a unique challenge for couples getting married on the Emerald Coast, with anomalies like 80-degree weather for February weddings and 55-degree weather for April weddings. Because these venues are accustomed to hosting weddings in the uncertain Florida weather, the professionals involved work together to implement a plan B when necessary.

Purvis points to the close-knit community of the Emerald Coast as a selling point for brides considering a destination wedding here. She says it’s important to have “boots on the ground” who know how to match your needs and your budget without having to rely solely on information from the Internet.

“Everything operates like a well-oiled machine here because so many of us have established working relationships,” she said. “The venue managers know the people involved in the logistics of the wedding and everything runs like second-nature because of the trust and relationship among those people.”

For those considering an Emerald Coast destination wedding, Purvis clarified that though many brides begin their planning a year in advance, she has worked with brides who planned their entire event over the course of about three months. Though she doesn’t recommend it, she said it is possible.

She considers the 30A area the best-kept secret anywhere because of the broad range of things there are to do during a stay, whether it’s for a wedding or a vacation.

“These are the most insanely beautiful beaches in the world, and they are surrounded by golf courses, breweries, shopping, and anything else visiting couples could hope to do.”

WaterColor Inn courtesy of Kristi Purvis

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Rental Restricted Beachfront Condo with Gorgeous Kitchen

Hands down the nicest condo for sale in St. Thomas at Silver Shells and the best view as well! Check out the Palamino Quartzite in the kitchen and “hidden” back door service entrance.

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Magnificent Rental Restricted Beachfront Condo in Miramar Beach

Grand Dunes is by far the most luxurious rental restricted beachfront condominium community in Destin and Miramar Beach.  This is a gorgeous 4 bedroom 4 full bath, 3,150 sq ft unit. There are also really good aerial photos of the property and amenities included in the listing.

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Here’s Your Chance to Own a Beachfront Lot for Under 2.5 Million

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Gorgeous Destin Harbor Views and a Boat to Boot!

Hands down one of the nicest “current designed” condos for sale on the Destin Harbor. Watch the boats, dolphins and fireworks in the sky from your large balcony overlooking the the world’s “luckiest fishing village”. Condo comes with a private garage, 2 storage units, a boat slip with a lift and a 2015 Tritoon boat.

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REO in St. Maarten at Silver Shells

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Unobstructed Beach Views 3 bedroom only 499,000!

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Great Rental Investment in Destin Beachfront Community

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