Dragonfly Design Wins National Award

 Dragonfly Design Wins National AwardThe 2008 Oasis Award for Outdoor Kitchen Design goes to Richard De Angelis and Mifflin Hollyday, landscape designers with Dragonfly Design & Detail in Santa Rosa Beach, for their “Living Green at Blue Mountain Beach” design. The team created a distinctive beachfront weekend home on the Gulf of Mexico in Blue Mountain Beach. Presented by Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet and Garden Design magazine, the competition recognizes outstanding design for site-specific residential outdoor rooms with an outdoor kitchen as a primary feature.

  •   Gov. Charlie Crist, in celebration of Disability Employment Awareness Month, has recognized Baptist Hospital of Pensacola and Micro Systems of Fort Walton Beach for their commitment to hiring people with disabilities.
  •     Inc. magazine recently ranked Dennis Lichorwic, DMD, of Destin Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, No. 4,327 on its annual ranking of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the country. This is Lichorwic’s second time on the list of independent-minded entrepreneurs.
  •   Pensacola’s Nature Trail recently received a proclamation from Gov. Charlie Crist commending its ongoing commitment to environmental preservation. The 659-lot gated community, developed in 2007, is situated on nearly 750 acres, with more than 450 acres preserved.
  •     Valkommen, Fort Walton Beach’s business conference designed to facilitate Swedish-American business connections, will take place on March 3, 2009, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Emerald Coast Conference Center. Speakers from the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise Florida will present an overview of the Northwest Florida business climate.
  •    Cox Media recently launched its real estate channel in Escambia County. It can be viewed by digital subscribers on Channel 97.
  •     Emerald Coast Title recently celebrated its 25th anniversary of service to the Destin community and surrounding areas.
  •   Guests of WaterColor Inn & Resort and WaterColor/WaterSound vacation rentals in Santa Rosa Beach now have access to top-flight private golf courses: Camp Creek, designed by Tom Fazio and featuring coastal dunes covered in native grasses, and Shark’s Tooth, a Greg Norman signature layout.
  •    GVA Advantis has been retained by The Woodmont Company to exclusively lease Plantation Plaza, a new 121,245-square foot community retail center at the Kelly Plantation resort community in Destin. The property will be exclusively represented by Managing Director Lucas Hewett and Associate Director Jason Carnes.
  •    While the economy has affected tourism negatively throughout many parts of the state, bed tax collections in the Beaches of South Walton have shown gains, growing more than 5 percent last year.
  •   Escambia County recently received $4.56 million in federal money through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program to purchase foreclosed homes at a discount and to rehabilitate or redevelop them in order to respond to rising foreclosures and falling home values.
  •   Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom, an Okaloosa County native who attended Okaloosa-Walton Junior College as a student in the 1980’s, is returning to the school – now known as Northwest Florida State College – as vice president for development and planning.
  •   Jake Hesse has joined Landrum Professional Employer Services of Pensacola, one of the Southeast’s largest staffing and human resource companies, as a Business Development Manager.
  •  BookIt.com, an online travel company based in Panama City, has promoted Karina Varela to director of Mexico and Latin America and Fernando Robles to senior Mexico market manager.
  •  Lewis Communications, an advertising and public relations agency with offices in Mobile, Ala., Birmingham, Ala., and Nashville, Tenn., which does business in Northwest Florida, welcomes Jackie Sexton to its public relations team as an account manager.


Appointments by Gov. Charlie Crist

  • Charles “Sonny” Mares, 68, of Santa Rosa Beach, executive director of the Walton County Tourist Development Council, to the Florida Commission on Tourism.
  • Randall “Randy” Sansom, 48, of Gulf Breeze, to the Small Business Regulatory Advisory Council. Sansom is a self-employed certified public accountant.
  • Kenneth M. Ford, 53, of Pensacola, to the Board of Directors of Space Florida. Ford is the director of the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition.
  • To the First Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission: Jarl “J.T.” Young , 47, regional chief information officer for Southern Company Services; Sally B. Fox, 50, the managing director for Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon; and Susan N. Marks, 36, an attorney and partner with McConnaughhay Duffy Coonrod Pope and Weaver P.A. All are from Pensacola.
  • Gordon Fornell, 72, of Niceville, aerospace consultant, to the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority of Okaloosa County.
  • Jerry Maygarden, former Mayor of Pensacola and Republican majority leader for the Florida House of Representatives, to the Florida Housing Finance Corporation board.