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What I Learned in 2017

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Thanks to Terry Johnston for dropping by our offices with a Ziploc bag full of hand-painted BEACHCOMBER rocks (as well as some for Act4Murder and, inexplicably, LIFE’S A BEACH magazine). Follow Okaloosa Rocks on Facebook and keep the news feed hatin’ at bay.

All men are pigs, except Tom Hanks and maybe a few others.


I probably should have held off on those glowing reviews of Al Franken and Jeffrey Tambor’s books. And Louis CK’s Netflix special.


If things keep going the way they are now, women will rule the world. I hope they don’t screw it up like us guys did.


Destin-Fort Walton Beach-Crestview is the drunkest city (cities?) in Florida, according to USA Today. Okay, I’ve known that for years.


In certain states, a man that successfully prosecuted KKK members responsible for a church bombing can run for the Senate against a gun-toting, Constitution-hating accused pedophile…and it’s still a pretty close race. (Beachcomber went to press before the election results were announced, but I’m hoping good sense prevailed.)


Not all of the new things we did in Beachcomber this year worked, but at least we tried. Check out a brand new feature on page 41 of this issue, and let us know what you think.

Every mother and daughter should go see Lady Bird immediately.


If someone tells me a video on YouTube or Facebook is “hilarious,” it probably isn’t.


This is still the greatest place in the world to live, work and play, in spite of (or maybe because of) drunken possums. By the way, our interview with the drunken possum will appear in the next issue of Beachcomber.



The nominating ballot for Beachcomber Music Awards X is online now, and you can vote through the end of January 2018. The final nominees in each category will be announced in February, and our big event is set for Monday, March 5, location to be announced.


Congrats to the captain and crew of the O Sea D, who won the Beachcomber-sponsored award in the recent Destin Harbor Christmas Boat Parade. Photos and more winners on the Destin History and Fishing Museum Facebook page.


Very sorry to hear about the closing of The Black Pearl on Okaloosa Island’s Boardwalk. We had lots of great times there and wish Chef Kevin and the staff well in their future adventures.

Editor Manson


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