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September 2018 Archives

Why businesses should review their insurance policies annually

That nature of business is change. If your revenue stayed the same every year, your business would flounder. Likewise, a successful business needs to respond to a changing market. This could mean changes to a business structure, new product lines or even changes to your company’s physical location.

Hotel construction launches near Florida convention center

Construction efforts continue to rise in the Fort Walton Beach area in Florida. The Sandestin Hotel began construction on Sept. 14 as owners launched the project at a groundbreaking ceremony. The hotel will include 250 rooms and full-service amenities at its location at the Village of Baytowne Wharf. The hotel's owner scooped some dirt from the ground ceremonially as bulldozers and cranes came to life in the background, beginning construction.

Fort Walton Beach bustling with construction plans

Downtown Fort Walton Beach is the location of a number of upcoming construction projects that could give the area a new, modern face. Many business owners in the area remember a time when the town's central business district was bustling with customers at shops that employed dozens of people. However, over the years, the area has become a quieter place, home to antique shops and other specialty businesses after major retailers moved to shopping centers and other large-scale developments.

County seeks to build new agricultural center

The city council of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, approved a resolution to support Okaloosa County's application for a grant to help build a facility to promote agriculture and provide education in the area. These programs are currently housed in the county's south-area extension office, but the new facility could soon provide master gardener classes, plant clinics and greenery sales. The land earmarked for the facility is owned by the county.

New school on the rise in Florida

As Florida communities in South Walton County continue to grow, a new elementary school is being built in the area. The Dune Lakes Elementary school is the first school for this age group built in the county in over two decades, and the project has been in planning for over three years. School superintendent said that the local area has grown significantly in recent years, especially in the south end of the county. While Walton County had 8,822 public school students in the 2016-17 academic year, it will have 9,100 in the 2018-2019 year. That number is expected to continue to rise.

Several new car washes set to open in Northwest Florida

At least nine new car washes are planned or under construction along U.S. Highway 98 near Fort Walton Beach. Some have speculated that demand will not be sufficient to support so much supply, but the owners of the new locations are optimistic. So much commercial construction activity may be an indication of community growth.

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