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Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Starring Finga FAYA - Hope Given and Her Band - Nik Flagstar and His Dirty Mangy Dogs - Matt McCarty Quintet - Kickstand Jenny - The Moon Lagoons - and Lots More

Kickstand Jenny are up for eight awards this year, and guitarist Preston Morelock might have made the cut if someone had remembered to submit his name. The band is set to perform at our show, along with Hope Given and Her Band, Nik Flagstar and His Dirty Mangy Dogs, Finga FAYA, the Matt McCarty Quintet and the Moon Lagoons...
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Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Eighth Annual Beachcomber Music Awards Feb. 29 at AJ's Destin

Last fall, we called upon thousands upon thousands of Beachcomber readers to nominate deserving performers for The 8th Annual Beachcomber Music Awards, and most of you c
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Friday, December 4th, 2015

Why the BMAs Matter Plus a Few Nomination Suggestions

The Beachcomber Music Awards is a chance to rally for our musicians. It’s our time to share with everyone we know about who we believe is the best guitar player, has the best original album, or countless other categories. It also presents a chance for you to learn a little, to do a little digging if it is a genre off your beaten path...
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Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Editor Manson on Surviving Another Unwelcome Visitor to the Emerald Coast

“But you’ve been at this a long time, and you have yet to write anything wonderful,” some of you wiseguys are probably thinking. Still, you keep picking up this magazine because one of these days it might actually happen...
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Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

Plus - We Remember the Queen of Soul

Woofy Ramone from 99ROCK asked me to arrive at John Wehner’s new Village Door location at Miramar Beach’s Seascape Resort by 4:30 PM, as the event would kick off at 5. It didn’t start on time, of course, but since Woofy was taking care of the bar tab…
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Thursday, August 9th, 2018

Galas! Balls! Parties! Laundromats!

This week, I got to try a fantastic new eatery on Racetrack Road in Fort Walton Beach, conveniently located about a mile from my house. Flambé After Dark offers tableside cooking and an atmosphere you want to drink in even if your belly is stuffed with wine...
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Thursday, July 26th, 2018

Editor Manson Shares His Decades of Experience...You're Welcome

If you win $100 or more on a Florida Lottery scratch ticket, it’s common courtesy to split your winnings with the first local you run into...
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Thursday, July 12th, 2018

A Salute to Newspapers, Which You Should Read Sometime

The late great Cheech with Editor Manson at the 2016 Beachcomber Music Awards. Our tribute to 30A’s favorite dog appears on page 21 of the July 12-25, 2018 print edition...
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Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

By Charles Morgan III

License tags should serve one purpose. Identification. Law enforcement officers rely on license tags for all kinds of things. They used to be easy to read, and at a quick glance, allowed officers to at least know in which state a vehicle was registered...
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Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

Paula Hilton on the Changing Ways We Show Our Affection

Yes, he was kind of a womanizer, and yes, he saw himself as some kind of Romeo himself, but when he approached me to co-author (code for write the book from his notes) I didn’t take it on because of his personality or appeal. I took it on because it seemed like a real challenge...
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Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Paula Hilton from Act4Murder Is Ready for Awards Season

Because living here in Beachcomberland, I’ve found that no matter what I want to do—go out for dinner, go shopping, go out for a walk, I’m always rich in choices...
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Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Here's Looking at You, 2017...

I did look at mine a few times this past year, and at one point got out a pen and started marking through things that I decided I really didn’t need to accomplish in 2016. I mean, why “clean out the filing cabinet in the garage..."
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Friday, October 28th, 2016

Zandra Wolfgram on Time Management

...successful business owner and executive coach Howard Pines breaks the conventional mold for career success by revealing unorthodox secrets on how to how to develop relationships and solve problems in the business world that are traditionally reserved for members of the C-suite...
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Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Choose Your Sniglets Wisely

There are all kinds of slang words and those are fun, because with every generation there is inevitably a fresh new batch to feast on. When you are a kid growing up you feel so cool slinging slang from your hip lips. Thanks to the ‘80s funk band Cameo...
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Thursday, February 1st, 2018

Nikki Hedrick Takes on Social Media Trolls

I was at my boyfriend Eddie’s, and we decided to run a couple errands after he was off from work. As I was getting ready, the messages began—each one more grating than the last. I was being slowly belittled, but I did my best to take the high road, looking for a way out of the conversation...
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Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

By Chris Leavenworth

On New Year’s Eve, I was lying in bed scrolling my feed, and I came across a sermon posted in a local publication by a pastor of a rather large church in our area. I’m not thrilled that the newspaper has become a platform for evangelical proselytizing, but I understand that they’re a private business and that they can do that...
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Monday, December 11th, 2017

By Chris Leavenworth

What’s painfully obvious is how belligerent the president can be to any world leader or celebrity, and how quickly he’ll call someone a liar without any concern for the actual truth of the claim being made, nor the integrity of its source. Yet he won’t bring himself to say anything less than charitable about...
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Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

By Chris Leavenworth

The whole event was scripted, and every detail recorded and broadcasted to 94 percent of the Russian population. At a coffee shop next door to the inauguration, a small resistance group was squashed by a riot squad before they even have a chance to protest...
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Monday, October 30th, 2017

By Chris Leavenworth

Agriculture was at the whim of God, so naturally famine was accepted as an unpreventable plight and only a fool would try and improve or undermine a divine plan, outside of simply praying for the best...
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Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

By Chris Leavenworth

Subservience and misplaced pride are two primary factors attached to one thread of patriotism running rampant among those who think America is God’s personal gift to those legally born on her soil...
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Sunday, August 13th, 2017

By Chris Leavenworth

For the religious, denying free will implies that man has no real choice in his own sin, and yet he still must answer to God for his fixed transgressions. For the ones who find comfort in control, denying free will implies that we are all ultimately powerless to our nature and external circumstances...
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Monday, July 31st, 2017

By Joni Williams

That’s when the Mid-Bay’s version of a frequent flyer program kicks in, slashing the four dollar cash rate in half and the SunPass rate of three dollars by a third. But this two-dollar toll exceeds 50 cents per mile, which is considered expensive by national standards...
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Monday, July 17th, 2017

By Charles Morgan III

A year later, we moved again. My father had finished his book, and we set off for Atlanta and a new job. We knew nothing about Atlanta except that while it was geographically close to Birmingham, it was a far different political and racial climate than what we were used to...
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Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

By Chris Leavenworth

This past Monday, Judge Roger Vinson, with the District Court for the Northern District of Florida, ruled against a 34-foot, 70-year-old cross that stands in the middle of a public park in Pensacola. The cross, a glaring violation of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, was ruled unconstitutional and ordered to be removed within thirty days...
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Friday, September 7th, 2018

By Charles Morgan III

Tonight we’ll party. The highlight of the party will once again, undoubtedly, be my karaoke performance. Fortunately, we’ll also give out bonuses...
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Friday, August 24th, 2018

By Charles Morgan III

The Morgan Sports Center, property leased from the Destin Water Users for $1 a year, is remarkable. If you drove by the sports fields this summer, in addition to seeing residents enjoying the park, you would have seen lacrosse tournaments, traveling baseball teams, soccer tournaments, colleges practicing soccer, men’s softball events, and more...
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Friday, August 10th, 2018

By Charles Morgan III

I started fishing for cobia 35 years ago. Early on I decided it would be a good idea to become friends with someone who was good at finding the fish. Goose has found a few. I’ve been lucky to surround myself with people who are better at spotting cobia than I am...
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Friday, July 27th, 2018

By Charles Morgan III

The recent disagreements regarding Crab Island— “politics.” Unfettered growth in Destin—“politics.” Rules and regulations concerning jet skis, pontoon boats, and anything else—“politics.” Tree ordinances, parking issues, the creation of public parks— “politics..."
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Friday, July 13th, 2018

By Charles Morgan III

Now we’ve got 19 giant t-shirt shops where you can buy one shirt and get three free with sizes up to 6XL. And a free hermit crab. We have 10 corporate chain restaurants for every independent one. There are enough auto parts stores, car washes, and mattress outlets for a town 10 times our size...
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Friday, June 29th, 2018

By Charles Morgan III

Electricity is fairly important in the restaurant business. We were fortunate to have Frank Helton, a supervisor at Gulf Power, around Harbor Docks for 25 years. He kept his boat there. Boy, those were the days. Since Frank passed on, we’ve developed a very close relationship with George Hromadka...
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Friday, June 15th, 2018

By Charles Morgan III

But to start with—and to borrow from Warren Buffett—I was lucky to be born a white male in 1954, to college educated middle class parents, in America. I could have entered this world in Darfur, Bangladesh, Somalia, or any one of 100 far away, poverty stricken countries...
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Friday, June 1st, 2018

By Charles Morgan III

I first met Steve at the old Rod and Reel Shop in front of Mrs. Gentry’s house on the Destin Harbor more than 50 years ago. Buddy Gentry ran the Sailfisher charter boat below the shop, and since Steve didn’t like to fish or spend time on boats (in the water), he worked in the store in the summers while he studied...
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Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

By Marilu Morgan

Creating an intricately detailed Valentine’s Day mailbox out of a cardboard box, construction paper hearts, and magazine collaged flowers that blew our classmates’ designs out of the water was the highlight of our winter. We spent hours creating handmade Valentine’s Day cards for our friends complete with watercolor paintings and personalized poetry.
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Sunday, January 28th, 2018

By Samantha Lambert

The city of Virginia Beach, Virginia, only has 35 snowplows even though it is a large town with a population of over 450,000. The city plows the main thoroughfares first and the neighborhood streets last. So that means that school buses can’t get into the neighborhoods until it is safe to transport students…therefore...
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Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

By Samantha Lambert

From the first day of school, have a routine for completing homework in the afternoon or evening. For elementary students, right after school is usually the best time while young ones are still energetic...
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Saturday, December 31st, 2016

Starring Bruce Collier - Joe Fingas - Sean Dietrich - Dannica Lowery - And More

There are people in this world for whom I have actual responsibility, there are people I love, and there are people I try hard to wish well. As long as I keep those priorities straight, everything else should fall into place—in 2017, and all the years to follow...
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Saturday, December 10th, 2016

The Search for the Perfect Gift

It started back in the early ‘80s with the advent of the home video camera. Videocassettes cost $25 each back then, and the new system we purchased and lugged from the West Coast to the East Coast for Christmas cost a whopping $3,000...
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Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Starring Bruce and Grace Collier - Chris Manson - Nikki Hedrick - Leslie Kolovich - Tim Morinelli - Nathanael Fisher - Zandra Wolfgram - and More

My Christmas wish came true in October, unbeknownst to me. I needed some comfort and joy that seemed to have been stolen from me—even the Grinch only tried to steal one day from the Whoville people!...
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Friday, April 15th, 2016

From Our Friends at Vue on 30a

Submitted by Sarah Brazwell:Vue on 30a announces its anticipated top five wedding décor trends for 2016. The waterfront restaurant offers a wedding backdrop like no other on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
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