Frequent Visitor Wants More Days in Destin

By Dawn Bright


Dear Dawn,

I’m a frequent visitor to the Destin area. The entire experience is always nothing but wonderful. I spend a week each summer in Destin, as well as the Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends. I’d honestly spend the entire summer there if I could, but unfortunately I have a job and have to work. Do you have any advice for me as far as how I can get more days in Destin?

– Olivia A., Shreveport, Louisiana


Thanks for your question, Olivia. I had the same problem 20 years ago before moving here. All I did was plan my life around “When can I go back to Destin?” They don’t call it “The Greatest Little Fishing Village In The World” for nothing. And I don’t even fish.


So I solved the problem by moving here. Maybe you should do the same. Yes, I’m still working, but I’m working in Destin! The unemployment rate in Destin, as of February 2018, is only 3.2 percent, so there are more jobs here than fish in the water. And there are a lot of fish in the water. So cast off and best of luck!

Dear Dawn,

I’ve been married for 15 years to a wonderful man who has been a great provider, a loving husband, and a pillar of the community. The problem is he’s boring. He bores me to tears. His hobbies include stamp collecting, bird watching and origami. Really? A grown man who sits around making paper things? I can’t even tell what the things are half the time. I’m tired of this mundane life. Any ideas as to what I can do to keep from losing my mind?

– Shelly E., Milton


Hello, Shelly. I’d strongly suggest adopting some pets from the local shelter. When you have pets, life is never boring. You can focus on the pets and completely ignore the origami thing. You can teach them tricks, you can learn to make their own treats (this is something I do weekly for my pets—it’s time-consuming and takes the focus away from my own boring husband whose highlight of the day is doing the daily crossword puzzle), and the love and devotion from your pets is unimaginable.


If you’re a dog person, visit If you’re a cat person, Both are fantastic organizations in our area, and your new pet will provide you with a lifetime of love that is never boring!

Dear Dawn,

I’m a local who loves it here, but the weather is often very frustrating. What’s with all the thunderstorms? Do you think it’ll ever calm down in this area?

– Harold D., DeFuniak Springs


Oh, Harold. No. It’ll never calm down here because Destin is on the Gulf Coast. Did you know it rains an average of 22 days in September in Destin? So get used to it. Read a book, take a nap, try a new recipe, or just simply enjoy the rain.


I moved here from an area where a thunderstorm made the front page. There are plenty of places in the world where the weather is calm and mild year-round. Destin is not one of them. So embrace it. Get out in it! Love where you live, and stop all that grass is always greener stuff. Because it is definitely not greener when you don’t have rain.


Dawn Bright is an eternal optimist. And that’s pretty much all you need to know about her.

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