The Destin City Council, in their infinite wisdom (or lack thereof), have decided not to allow gambling in the city. Which means my lifelong dream of a Beachcomber Casino has once again been stalled.
Our elected officials say legalized gambling would attract more crime, and quite frankly, I think we could use a little more crime, don’t you?
One crime we wouldn’t have been dealing with, though? Illegal gambling. Duh. Guess we’ll have to make do with Florida Lottery scratch-and-win games and football pools for now.
Speaking of football, it’s been a pretty good NFL season so far—both the Dallas Cowboys (Dad’s team, Paula’s team, Paula’s mom’s team, America’s team) and Chicago Bears (my team) won their last matchups. And the president was too busy trying to push his SCOTUS boy through the confirmation (accusation) process to tweet about the sons of bitches on the gridiron.
When I was a kid, my father watched football every Sunday, and I swear his favorite player was actually named Son of a Bitch. My Google search came up empty, though.
We have a new addition to the Beachcomber family this issue, advice columnist Dawn Bright. I hope you enjoy her sunny approach to this tried-and-true formula. Feel free to submit your questions about life, love, blue cocktails, etc. to firstname.lastname@example.org.
After a long (and justifiable) hiatus, columnist Carl Hiaasen is back, and in this issue, he addresses the mindless act of violence that claimed his brother and several others at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis. It’s one of Mr. Hiaasen’s best (and most poignant) pieces.
Elsewhere, our fearless music correspondent Nikki Hedrick shares the story of local country singer Robert Wayne. I saw Mr. Wayne at the recent NASH Next competition at the Village of Baytowne Wharf, and he was dynamite. His new album, Wild Eyed Dream, is first rate, too.
The winner of that competition, by the way, was the lovely and talented Jessie Ritter, who swears she’ll be taking the Beachcomber crew to Nashville with her when the time comes.
Aside from hurricane and tropical storm scares, this is always a great time to be on the Emerald Coast. The Destin Fishing Rodeo gets underway Oct. 1, the Destin Seafood Festival is the first weekend in October, and a promising new event, HarborFest at HarborWalk Village in Destin, is coming up in just a couple days (or, depending on when you’re reading this, you missed it and too bad, it was great).
Also, a couple of Beachcomber-sponsored events on the horizon—The Market Shops Bloody Mary Festival Oct. 6 (see page 28) and the Taylor Haugen Foundation’s Savor the Season at HarborWalk Village Oct. 25 (see page 22). Save the dates.
In the words of the great poet Joe Walsh, don’t let nobody tell you that there’s nothin’ to do…
– Editor Manson
YOUR THOUGHTS AND COMMENTS
Thanks for lots of ADSO photos in this issue (Sept. 6-19 Beachcomber). Also enjoyed seeing Isabel and her gang (Pets of the Issue), though if you ask me—and you didn’t—those dogs are hams.
Also, the sensitive and insightful Horrorscopes are now appreciated from Hawaii (sister) to central Florida (niece) to North Carolina (good buddy). Keep them coming!
– Tuny Jennings
- A Dozen Works Selected for Second Round of Underwater Art
- Art Classes & Workshops
- Art Events
- Art Galleries
- Call to Artists
- Chef Jim Shirah: Fishing, Cooking, Lionfish
- Restaurant Guide
- Where to Spend Your Happy Hours in Beachcomberland
- Casey Kearney: Two Records That Changed My Life
- Group Therapy Has the Cure for What Ails You
- Live Music
- Live Music Review – Dwight Yoakam
- The Pauseandplay.com Record Roundup
- Crafty Snowbirds Give Back
- Fore Her Breast Cancer Support Group Begins March 16
- NWF State College Nursing Program Earns Top 10 Honors
Where the Rubber Meets the Road…Meet the Team from Destin’s Rick McIntosh Memorial Bike Shop
By Bill Herrin Most times, when you think about people that have made a positive impact on your life, the ones that come to mind are cherished and remembered fondly. This...
Chef Jim Shirah: Fishing, Cooking, Lionfish
By Bruce Collier Some people just get born into their life’s work. Chef Jim (“Jimmy”) Shirah is executive chef at Dewey Destin’s Harborside Restaurant. Area residents and visitors are well acquainted...
Casey Kearney: Two Records That Changed My Life
Recently, there have been two songs I have listened to on repeat. I couldn’t make it through either of them without crying—and crying like a baby! Eventually I did, and now I...
Group Therapy Has the Cure for What Ails You
By Nikki Hedrick Group Therapy has been spreading their musical remedy for only two years, but the band has familiar faces on deck. “Our first gig was January 30, 2017,” says drummer-vocalist...
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A Dozen Works Selected for Second Round of Underwater Art
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