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Resorts of Pelican Beach - 2010 News Archive



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Emerald Coast Money Card Program Returns!  HURRY and Make Your Reservation! (10/04/10)

The Okaloosa County Tourist Development Council has announced they will re-start its Emerald Coast Money Debit Card Program.  Florida's Emerald Coast is giving away up to 5,000 Emerald Coast Money Cards worth $200 each, and here's your chance to get one! It will start again on Thursday, October 7, 2010.   Here is how it will work:

  • Guest must make a NEW reservation with an approved lodging partner between October 4 – Novemberhttp://www.youtube.com/user/pbrmarketing?feature=mhumULL prior to registering online for a debit card.

  • Then the guest logs onto website www.destin-fwb.com, and the guest will follow a link to register for their debit card.  The link to register online will not be available until Thursday, October 7, 2010. The website will show a ticker of how many cards are left.  Once the remaining cards have been reserved, the link will automatically disappear from our website, and guests will no longer be able to reserve a debit-card. The guest will fill out required information on the link on our website, including their reservation confirmation number.
  • Once the guest checks into the lodging facility, the guest will take their fully-paid receipt and a picture ID to the Visitors Welcome Center to collect the card.  It is important that the paying guest bring hard-copies to collect their debit-card.  The TDC cannot honor confirmation sheets / reservation receipts which appear on guests’ smart-phones or lap-tops. 

Emerald Coast Money Cards are available to visiting guests who have paid a minimum two-night overnight accommodations reservation at a participating lodging facility in Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island, Mary Esther or Cinco Bayou. One card is available per each guest room reservation.

You can use your Emerald Coast Money Card at any business located in Okaloosa County, for lodging, restaurants, shopping, attractions, museums, gas, recreational activities or anything else you please. But hurry, because the Emerald Coast Money Cards will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis until all 5,000 are gone!

To make your reservation with Pelican Beach Management, please call (888) 735-4226!

How to Get Your Emerald Coast Money Card

Just book a new reservation on or after October 4, 20010 at a participating Emerald Coast property and stay before November 7, 2010.  Up to 5,000 Emerald Coast Money Cards are available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. It is predicted that the promotion will conclude before November 7, 2010.

After checking in and paying for your accommodations, bring your photo ID and a validated paid receipt of your reservation to the Okaloosa Island Visitor's Center. It's that easy!

Emerald Coast Money Cards will be distributed at the Visitor's Center during normal operating hours:

Emerald Coast Visitor's Center on Okaloosa Island
1540 Miracle Strip Parkway SE
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday from 8AM to 5PM
Saturdays & Sundays from 10AM to 5PM

For more information, call 800-322-3319.

For complete promotion details, click
here.

The Emerald Coast Money Card is a program under the complete control of the Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. Pelican Beach Management, Inc. is not responsible for management of the Emerald Card Money Card program.
 



Emerald Coast Money Card Program has Expired! (09/18/10)

As of 6:00pm CST on Saturday, September 18, the Emerald Coast Tourism & Development Council has announced all of the Emerald Coast Money Cards have been committed to reservations made on September 17th and prior to 6:00pm on September 18th. We would like to assure our guests who made a reservation prior to 5:30pm on September 18 will have a money card reserved for them and available at the Emerald Coast Visitor's Center upon their arrival!


 

Pelican Beach Management, Inc. To Participate In Emerald Coast Money Card Program!  Make a Reservation (09/14/10)

Florida's Emerald Coast is giving away 5,000 Emerald Coast Money Cards worth $200 each, and here's your chance to get one!

Emerald Coast Money Cards are available to visiting guests who have paid a minimum two-night overnight accommodations reservation at a participating lodging facility in Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island, Mary Esther or Cinco Bayou. One card is available per each guest room reservation.

You can use your Emerald Coast Money Card at any business located in Okaloosa County, for lodging, restaurants, shopping, attractions, museums, gas, recreational activities or anything else you please. But hurry, because the Emerald Coast Money Cards will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis until all 5,000 are gone!

To make your reservation with Pelican Beach Management, please call (888) 735-4226!

How to Get Your Emerald Coast Money Card

Just book a new reservation on or after Sept. 17 at a participating Emerald Coast property and stay before Oct. 31, 2010.  5,000 Emerald Coast Money Cards are available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. It is predicted that the promotion will conclude before Oct. 31, 2010.

Pelican Beach Management, Inc. reservation information will be transferred each day to the Emerald Coast Visitors & Convention Bureau.  After checking in and paying for your accommodations, bring your photo ID and a validated paid receipt of your reservation to the Okaloosa Island Visitor's Center. It's that easy!

Emerald Coast Money Cards will be distributed at the Visitor's Center during normal operating hours:

Emerald Coast Visitor's Center on Okaloosa Island
1540 Miracle Strip Parkway SE
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday from 8AM to 5PM
Saturdays & Sundays from 10AM to 5PM

For more information, call 800-322-3319.

For complete promotion details, click
here.

The Emerald Coast Money Card is a program under the complete control of the Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. Pelican Beach Management, Inc. is not responsible for management of the Emerald Card Money Card program.


Oil Impact Notices Rescinded For Okaloosa County Beaches! (08/13/10)

 

Effective immediately, the Okaloosa County Health Department, in coordination with the Okaloosa County Board of County Commission, is rescinding all Oil Impact Notices posted on Okaloosa County beaches.  Oil Impact Notice signs will be taken down today, August 13, 2010, barring any severe weather in the area.

 

The rescission is based on the following information:

  • Since July 3, 2010, no significant beach oiling events have been reported to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP).  The FDEP has conducted sampling of water and sediment (sand) samples to determine potential impacts to human health between July 4 and August 2, 2010. 

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Clean Coast Music and Art Fest! (08/6/10)

Everyone is encouraged to come out to Destin Harbor Walk Village on Sunday, August 22nd to enjoy 12 hours of music from Destin’s top musicians and bands. This is a benefit designed to support our local businesses and our efforts to clean, restore and protect our beaches and the Gulf of Mexico!


Lynyrd Skynyrd to Rock The Beach on August 15! (07/30/10)

Lynyrd Skynyrd will perform at the next Rock the Beach concert. The Southern rock favorite will perform Aug. 15 on Okaloosa Island. Country newcomer Josh Thompson will be the opening act at the free concert. Concert time has been set for 6:00pm CDT.

The Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau is offering free shuttle service to and from the concert starting at 2:30pm through 10:00pm (or later, if necessary). The closest shuttle pick-up/drop-off point is Old Time Pottery - just west of the resort.  See flyer for details.

The Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau sponsored the first Rock the Beach concert in June as part of an effort to boost morale and businesses in the area after the oil spill. The June concert, featuring Kenny Loggins and the Doobie Brothers, drew more than 7,000 people and raised almost $6,000 for the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge.


Destin Beaches Status (07/27/10)

Another sign of a reducing potential for oil reaching our beaches and bay waters was the removal of booming in the East Pass by local officials and the EPA.  We continue to stay outside of the NOAA area of uncertainty and local officials believe with the shrinking footprint of oil near the leak site, impact with our area has significantly lessened.

Our beaches are open and guests are enjoying the gulf waters and a Destin vacation with fewer tourists along with local restaurants and as well as favorite fun spots like Big Kahuna’s, The Track, etc., still operating as usual but, again, with smaller crowds. Interestingly, for some Destin regulars, this summer is proving to be an enjoyable break from the typical summer crowds!


Destin Beaches Status (07/26/10)

We had a great weekend on the beach as we continue to stay outside of the NOAA area of uncertainty!  the area of uncertainty continues to move further west with strong and persistent winds coming from the southeast and east..

Plans have been finalized for Lynyrd Skynyrd to perform at the next Rock the Beach concert. The Southern rock favorite will perform Aug. 15 on Okaloosa Island.

Country newcomer Josh Thompson will be the opening act at the free concert. Make your plans now to join us!

 

Destin Beaches Status (07/22/10)

We continue to stay outside of the NOAA area of uncertainty and look for this to continue through the weekend and into next week!  In fact, the area of uncertainty is moving much further west with strong and persistent winds coming from the southeast and east..
Link to most current NOAA projection: http://response.restoration.noaa.gov/book_shelf/2335_TMF72-2010-07-21-2100.pdf
Does this mean there will absolutely be no sighting of a tar ball? No one can make that prediction. As usual in all cases, it was cleared immediately and visitors continued to enjoy their day on the beach!

Our beaches are open and guests are enjoying the gulf waters and a Destin vacation with fewer tourists along with local restaurants and as well as favorite fun spots like Big Kahuna’s, The Track, etc., still operating as usual but, again, with smaller crowds. Interestingly, for some Destin regulars, this summer is proving to be an enjoyable break from the typical summer crowds!


Lynyrd Skynyrd to Rock The Beach on August 15! (07/20/10)

Lynyrd Skynyrd will perform at the next Rock the Beach concert. The Southern rock favorite will perform Aug. 15 on Okaloosa Island.

“Lynyrd Skynyrd is coming here because of the oil disaster and wanting to help out our community,” said Mark Bellinger, executive director of Okaloosa County’s Tourist Development Council. “For them, that is a major goal.”

Country newcomer Josh Thompson will be the opening act at the free concert. The county also has a verbal agreement with the Charlie Daniels Band to perform that night, Bellinger added.

The Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau sponsored the first Rock the Beach concert in June as part of an effort to boost morale and businesses in the area after the oil spill.

The June concert, featuring Kenny Loggins and the Doobie Brothers, drew more than 7,000 people and raised almost $6,000 for the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge.


Destin Beaches Status (07/19/10)

We continue to stay outside of the NOAA area of uncertainty and look for this to continue through the weekend and into next week!  With strong and persistent winds coming from the southeast and east, projections show the area of uncertainty to continue to move off-shore and further to the west. Does this mean there will absolutely be no sighting of a tar ball? No one can make that prediction.  As usual in all cases, it was cleared immediately and visitors continued to enjoy their day on the beach!

The beach at Pelican Beach as well as all beaches in our region are open and without any health advisories!


Destin Beaches Status (07/17/10)

The oil spill continues to stay capped in the gulf and we continue to monitor the status and hope the cap continues as planned.  The Destin Log featured an interesting story about a Florida National Guard UH-72 Lakota Helicopter crew. The rotating crew, which has been flying recon missions everyday for about five-weeks, patrols the shoreline, the inland bay areas and up to five-miles out into the Gulf.

Before Hurricane Alex churned up the Gulf, the crew told The Log that they had spotted oil about 15-miles due south of Destin. Ever since Alex, it has been all clear. The storm really helped to blow everything back toward Texas. See full article 

We continue to stay outside of the NOAA area of uncertainty and look for this to continue through the weekend and into the coming week! Projections show the area of uncertainty to continue to move off-shore and further to the west. Does this mean there will absolutely be no sighting of a tar ball? No one can make that prediction.  As usual in all cases, it was cleared immediately and visitors continued to enjoy their day on the beach!

The beach at Pelican Beach as well as all beaches in our region are open and without any health advisories. We really appreciate your loyalty and support during this time and look forward to your visit! 


Destin Beaches Status (07/16/10)

Residents along the gulf coast and friends far and wide are keeping their fingers crossed -- the oil leak has finally been capped and no new oil is flowing into the gulf. We'll know more as the next few days pass ... but we pray we are nearing the final resolution.
We continue to stay outside of the NOAA area of uncertainty and look for this to continue as we get through the weekend and into the coming week! Projections show the area of uncertainty to continue to move off-shore and further to the west.

Does this mean there will absolutely be no sighting of a tar ball? No one can make that prediction.  As usual in all cases, it was cleared immediately and visitors continued to enjoy their day on the beach!

The beach at Pelican Beach as well as all beaches in our region are open and without any health advisories. We really appreciate your loyalty and support during this time and look forward to your visit! 


Destin Beaches Status (07/14/10)

We continue to stay outside of the NOAA area of uncertainty and look for this to continue as we get into the coming weekend. We've had a great couple of weeks!

Does this mean there will absolutely be no sighting of a tar ball? No one can make that prediction.  As usual in all cases, it was cleared immediately and visitors continued to enjoy their day on the beach!

The beach at Pelican Beach as well as all beaches in our region are open and without any health advisories. We really appreciate your loyalty and support during this time and look forward to your visit! 


Destin Beaches Status (07/11/10)

Wow! What a great weekend on the beach! We continue to stay outside of the NOAA area of uncertainty and look for this to continue as we get into the coming week.

Does this mean there will absolutely be no sighting of a tar ball? No one can make that prediction.  As usual in all cases, it was cleared immediately and visitors continued to enjoy their day on the beach!

The beach at Pelican Beach as well as all beaches in our region are open and without any health advisories. We really appreciate your loyalty and support during this time and look forward to your visit! 


Daily Photos (07/08/2010)

We enjoyed a beautiful day on the beach today!

 
     
 


Destin Beaches Status (07/08/10)

The NOAA forecast continues to show the area of uncertainty continues a westward movement trend which is favorable for the Destin area.  Other than the stronger waves and some rip currents in the area, the beaches are a great place to be!

Does this mean there will absolutely be no sighting of a tar ball? No one can make that prediction.  As usual in all cases, it was cleared immediately and visitors continued to enjoy their day on the beach!

The beach at Pelican Beach as well as all beaches in our region are open and without any health advisories. We really appreciate your loyalty and support during this time and look forward to your visit! 


  

Destin Beaches Status (07/07/10)

So far, we have experienced a virtually oil-free week here in Destin! The latest weather and oil movement reports continue to be favorable for the Destin area.  Persistent and strong east and southeast winds are forecasted to continue through the next few days. This continues to push the trajectory for light oil to the Mississippi-Alabama state line and the area of uncertainty has been pushed westward to the Alabama state line.

Does this mean there will absolutely be no sighting of a tar ball? No one can make that prediction.  As usual in all cases, it was cleared immediately and visitors continued to enjoy their day on the beach!

The beach at Pelican Beach as well as all beaches in our region are open and without any health advisories. We really appreciate your loyalty and support during this time and look forward to your visit! 


  

It's Better Than Being at Home!" - Destin Beaches Status (07/05/10)

Wow, what a great way to enjoy the 4th!  Other than a stray shower, visitors were enjoying Destin that way they always do ... on the beach!  As was reported in a local newspaper, an area visitor said "“I’ve seen nothing, thank God. And it’s better than being at home!” Here's the Day in Photos Gallery for July 4th from The Destin Log.

The latest weather and oil movement report has become very favorable for the Destin area.  Persistent and strong east and southeast winds are forecasted through the next week. This has pushed the trajectory for light oil to the Mississippi-Alabama state line and the area of uncertainty has been pushed westward to the Alabama state line. Does this mean there will absolutely be no sighting of a tar ball? No one can make that prediction.  However, only one single tar ball was reported in the entire Destin area (west Destin) on the 4th.  As usual in all cases, it was cleared immediately and visitors continued to enjoy their day on the beach!

The beach at Pelican Beach as well as all beaches in our region are open and without any health advisories. We really appreciate your loyalty and support during this time and look forward to your visit! 


 

Destin Beaches Status (07/04/10)

We've had a great weekend and according to current wind and seas coming from the Southeast, pushing any oil westward. The latest oil spill forecast has us out of the red and also out of the “uncertainty” zone.  When the area has had any issues with tar balls recently, most have been to the east of Destin and the western end of Okaloosa Island.  In all cases, the tar balls are cleared from the beach area and the beach is back to normal.

The beach at Pelican Beach as well as all beaches in our region are open and without any health advisories. We really appreciate your loyalty and support during this time and look forward to your visit! 


Daily Photos (07/02/2010)

The sun has broken though for a while today!

 
     
 


Destin Beaches Status (07/01/10)

The Independence Day holiday is quickly approaching!   Take a look at our Destin Events Calendar to find the best events for your Independence Day Weekend. There are plenty of fun celebrations with fireworks for you to enjoy during your visit.

Aside from the scattered showers which have hampered us from pulling out our cameras for update photos, we've had a good week on the beach with just scattered reports of tar balls arriving on the beach in the area. Most have been to the east of Destin and the western end of Okaloosa Island.  In all cases, the tar balls are cleared from the beach area and the beach is back to normal.

The beach at Pelican Beach as well as all beaches in our region are open and without any health advisories. We appreciate our guest’s loyalty and support during this time and look forward to your visit! 


Daily Photos (07/01/2010)

Every few days, we will post photos of daily Gulf conditions on this page. There's no better way to explain our current conditions and to show our beaches are still as beautiful as ever!

 
     
 


Destin Beaches Status (06/28/10)

More than 7,000 people attended “Rock the Beach” yesterday featuring the Doobie Brothers and Kenny Loggins. There has only been scattered reports of any tar balls arriving on the beach. Generally, clear conditions have been interrupted by brief periods of pea to quarter sized tar balls washing ashore. Most have been to the east of Destin and the western end of Okaloosa Island.  In all cases, the tar balls are cleared from the beach area and the beach is back to normal. Our resort staff and local officials have plans in place to handle this on a regular basis, if and when necessary. Our goal is to act quickly and to minimize any guest inconvenience to this situation.

The beach at Pelican Beach as well as all beaches in our region are open and without any health advisories. Please visit our website regularly for the latest photos and info.  We appreciate our guest’s loyalty and support during this time and look forward to your visit! 


Destin Beaches Status (06/26/10)

Yesterday saw a scattering of tar bars primarily to our east to the south Walton County area. A swim advisory was issued for that area, but was later lifted. Current wind and water forecast for the next week call for a return to improved conditions in our area as the oil product is expected to be pushed back more to the west.

Preventative measures are in place and clean up crews have responded quickly to any evidence of tar balls/oil product washing ashore. Additionally, Pelican Beach Management, Inc. has paid for some staff members to receive HazMat training to allow us the ability to expedite any clean-up necessary, if needed, so to minimize guest impact. As you may see from yesterday's photos, the beach is beautiful and open - come visit!


Daily Photos (06/25/2010)

Every few days, we will post photos of daily Gulf conditions on this page. There's no better way to explain our current conditions and to show our beaches are still as beautiful as ever!

 
     


Destin Beaches Status (06/25/10)

Here at Pelican Beach we continue to see little effect of the oil spill. The only effect has been small scattering of tar balls around the Okaloosa County and south Walton County areas. Preventative measures are in place and clean up crews have responded quickly to any evidence of tar balls/oil product washing ashore.

Pelican Beach Management, Inc. has paid for some staff members to receive HazMat training to allow us the ability to expedite any clean-up necessary so to minimize guest impact, if needed.

Our beaches are open - come visit!


Daily Photos (06/23/2010)

Every few days, we will post photos of daily Gulf conditions on this page. There's no better way to explain our current conditions and to show our beaches are still as beautiful as ever!

 
     
 

Destin Beaches Status (06/23/10)

Here at Pelican Beach we continue to see little effect of the oil spill (see our Photo Update below!). There have been no tar balls, smells or any other kinds or oily effects on our sugar white beaches and emerald coastal waters. There have been reports of two periods of tar balls washing ashore on western Okaloosa Island and in south Walton County. Local and state officials remain confident the effect will be minimal compared to the western portions of the Gulf Coast. Preventative measures are in place and clean up crews are poised to respond quickly to any evidence of tar balls/oil product washing ashore. Our beaches are still open!

Your vacation is important to us! Our revised cancellation policy is your confidence for a pleasurable vacation experience to the Resorts of Pelican Beach and Destin!

Come visit us!


Daily Photos (06/21/2010)

Every few days, we will post photos of daily Gulf conditions on this page. There's no better way to explain our current conditions and to show our beaches are still as beautiful as ever!


Rock The Beach Concert featuring the Doobie Brothers & Kenny Loggins - Sunday, June 27 at 5:00pm adjacent to the Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island.

One of America's most popular rock groups will rock the beach!  Dance in the sand to rock classics like: "China Grove", "Listen To The Music", "Black Water" and many more! 

Come visit us at Pelican Beach and and take in this free concert. Check our Hot Deals for a great offer!
 


Daily Photos (06/18/2010)

Every few days, we will post photos of daily Gulf conditions on this page. There's no better way to explain our current conditions and to show our beaches are still as beautiful as ever!

 
     
 

Daily Photos (06/17/2010)

Every few days, we will post photos of daily Gulf conditions on this page. There's no better way to explain our current conditions and to show our beaches are still as beautiful as ever!

 
     
 


Destin Beaches Status (06/17/10)

Here at Pelican Beach we continue to see little effect of the oil spill. There have been no tar balls, smells or any other kinds or oily effects on our sugar white beaches and emerald coastal waters. There have been reports of two periods of tar balls washing ashore on western Okaloosa Island. Local and state officials remain confident the effect will be minimal compared to the western portions of the Gulf Coast. Preventative measures are in place and clean up crews are poised to respond quickly to any evidence of tar balls/oil product washing ashore. Our beaches are still open!

Your vacation is important to us! Our revised cancellation policy is your confidence for a pleasurable vacation experience to the Resorts of Pelican Beach and Destin!

Come visit us!


Destin Beaches Status (06/16/10)

Fortunately, the beaches in Destin and along most of the coast of northwest Florida continue to see little effect of the oil spill.

Here at Pelican Beach and throughout Destin, there have been no tar balls, smells or any other kinds of oily effects on our sugar white beaches and emerald coastal waters. Local and state officials remain confident the effect will be minimal compared to the western portions of the Gulf Coast - especially if wind and current conditions continue to move and hold the oil spill further to our west in the Gulf.

Your vacation is important to us! Our revised cancellation policy is your confidence for a pleasurable vacation experience to the Resorts of Pelican Beach and Destin!

Come visit us!


Destin Beaches Status (06/14/10)

The Destin area offered another great weekend of weather and summer beach fun. If you weren’t here, we’re sorry you missed it! The big question on everyone’s mind is, what’s in store for the next few weeks?

Forecast For The Next Two Weeks- The Destin Log (6/14/10)

According to the latest oil spill forecast from the NOAA and Jeff Masters of Weather Underground, "light winds of 5 - 10 knots mostly out of the south or southeast will blow in the northern Gulf of Mexico all week, according to the latest marine forecast from NOAA. These winds will keep oil near the coast of Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and the extreme western Florida Panhandle, according to the latest trajectory forecasts from NOAA and the State of Louisiana," he writes. "The long range 8 - 16 day forecast from the GFS model indicates a typical summertime light wind regime, with winds mostly blowing out of the south or southeast. This wind regime will likely keep oil close to the coastal areas that have already seen oil impacts over the past two weeks."  

The Orange Beach, AL resort area, which is located on the Alabama/Florida border is approximately 75 miles away (or about a 2 hour drive) from Destin. If this forecast holds true, the Destin area will continue to be a great place for your summer vacation. In fact, it may be the best time in years to get a great deal and a little lighter crowds due to the concern over the oil spill.

Come visit us!


Destin Beaches Status (06/11/10)

Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau (6/11/10)

As you may have heard, a few bits of tar were found at Henderson State Park over the weekend. These were easily removed, and no further oil has been spotted. Our white-sand beaches remain open and our emerald-green waters remain clear. In addition, offshore fishing is still going strong, with captains simply taking a more easterly course and reporting great success out on the water.

In short, Florida's Emerald Coast is open for business and encourages anyone thinking of coming down to do so without hesitation. Should anything change, we'll continue to update this page with the most recent information. Thank you for your continued interest and support.

City of Destin (6/10/10)

Destin's beaches are OPEN and the weather is beautiful! Existing wind and water current directions are pushing any oil in the area away from Okaloosa County. These conditions are forecasted to continue for the next few days.
 

Daily Photos (06/10/2010)

Every few days, we will post photos of daily Gulf conditions on this page. There's no better way to explain our current conditions and to show our beaches are still as beautiful as ever!

 
     
 

Daily Photos (06/07/2010)

Every few days, we will post photos of daily Gulf conditions on this page. There's no better way to explain our current conditions and to show our beaches are still as beautiful as ever!

 
     
 

Crowds Pack Beaches Over the Weekend! (06/07/10)

As most media reports continue to show the disappointing scope of the spill in Louisiana, Destin served up a typical June weekend … plenty of great weather, pristine white-sand beaches and beautiful gulf waters!  Tourists in town over the weekend were treated to the beach experience they expected to enjoy. Aside from the report of a few tar ball “specks” on far western Okaloosa County on Saturday, there were no reports on Sunday in the Destin area. 

“Our area is prepared for any experience of tar balls and other by-products from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico,” said Herb Profitt, General Manager of Pelican Beach Management, Inc. “Crews are prepared to handle any reported impact to the area immediately,” he added. 

Florida DEP officials are closely monitoring air and water quality in the region and all reports have been in the good range throughout the entire period. Currently, there is no anticipation of beaches being closed in Florida and especially the Destin area, now or in the future. 

“We value our guest relationships and with the current knowledge in hand, we have confidence to offer our guests some great value opportunities to come and visit over the next couple of months,” Profitt said.  He added, “we believe guests will find the best of Destin summer vacations and now, at a great deal!”


We're Keeping A Watchful Eye  (06/03/10)

As state and local officials monitor the current situation in the western Gulf of Mexico, the shores along Destin and northwest Florida beaches look fantastic!  The sand is still sugar white and the water is as emerald as ever.  So, if you’re planning on visiting now and throughout the summer, please keep those plans!

If any impact from the oil spill is experienced in the area, state and local officials are confident that preventative measures can be successful. Cleanup plans have been staged and area officials are prepared to handle an necessary tasks quickly.

Because changes come about hourly and  for those with travel plans in the future, we are asking you to wait before canceling your vacation, especially those of you who are scheduled to arrive more than 30 days from today. Rest assured, we will keep you informed of any changes in conditions. 

To help our guests with their vacation planning, Pelican Beach Management has modified our cancellation policy regarding this situation:

Gulf of Mexico - Deepwater Horizon Incident Cancellation Policy

We are advising all guests of Pelican Beach Management to please wait until closer to your arrival date before cancelling due to the oil spill. If, at that time, it is necessary for you to cancel your reservation because of eminent oil landfall in the Destin area, you will not be charged for a late cancellation.  If you are already at Pelican Beach Resort or The Terrace at the time of landfall, you will be refunded any unused portion of your rent if you choose to check-out early.

So, please feel free to make your reservation with confidence knowing you have flexibility if the need arises.


Daily Photos (05/26/2010)

Every few days, we will post photos of daily Gulf conditions on this page. There's no better way to explain our current conditions and to show our beaches are still as beautiful as ever!

 
     
 

Daily Photos (05/24/2010)

Every few days, we will post photos of daily Gulf conditions on this page. There's no better way to explain our current conditions and to show our beaches are still as beautiful as ever!

 
     
 

Pelican Beach Resort Completes Extensive Painting Project In Time For Summer Season! (05/18/10)

The Pelican Beach Resort & Conference Center has just completed a comprehensive roof to ground painting of the building exterior which further enhance the unique architectural presence the resort plays on the Destin coastline.

"We are extremely proud of the look and feel that this renovation has to our resort," said Herb Profitt, General Manager of Pelican Beach Management, Inc.  "This renovation builds upon the resort's premier status as a destination. We've receiving great reviews from owners and guests and we completed the project with minimal guest service disruptions." said Profitt. 

 
     

Destin Remains Beautiful -  Great Time to Visit! (05/17/10)

The beaches in Destin and all along the coast of northwest Florida continue to be unaffected by the oil spill which occurred off of the Louisiana coast on April 20, 2010. BP Oil has experience new successes in containing a portion of the oil flow. Clean-up efforts continue in full force above and below the surface.

There have been no tar balls, smells or any other kinds of oily effects on our sugar white beaches and emerald coastal waters. Local and state officials remain confident the effect of the oil spill, if any at all, will be minimal - especially if wind and current conditions continue to move and hold the oil spill further west in the Gulf. Daily clean-up plans have been devised and crews are poised all along the gulf coast in the unlikely event any residual effects are found in our area.

We want to remind you that your vacation is important to us! Our revised cancellation policy is your confidence for a pleasurable vacation experience to the Resorts of Pelican Beach and Destin!


Destin Remains Beautiful As Oil Spill Continues To Stay Well To The West. (05/14/10)

The beaches in Destin and all along the coast of northwest Florida remain unaffected by the oil spill which occurred off of the Louisiana coast on April 20, 2010.

There have been no tar balls, smells or any other kinds of oily effects on our sugar white beaches and emerald coastal waters. Local and state officials remain confident the effect of the oil spill, if any at all, will be minimal - especially if wind and current conditions continue to move and hold the oil spill further west in the Gulf. Daily clean-up plans have been devised and crews are poised all along the gulf coast in the unlikely event any residual effects are found in our area.

Your vacation is important to us! Our revised cancellation policy is your confidence for a pleasurable vacation experience to the Resorts of Pelican Beach and Destin!


Daily Photos (05/10/2010)

Every few days, we will post photos of daily Gulf conditions on this page. There's no better way to explain our current conditions and to show our beaches are still as beautiful as ever!

 
     
 

Oil Spill Continues To Stay Well To The West. (05/10/10)

National news is lighting up with updates about leaking oil and the growing slick in the Gulf of Mexico, and concerns of vacationers with plans in Destin are growing, even causing the cancelation of some reservations.

This raises concerns with community officials, including Shane Moody, Destin Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO.

“Doom and gloom has not set in on the Destin area,” said Moody. “In fact, the weather is spectacular, our beaches are clean, the water is clear, the charter boats are fishing and making great catches … and the restaurants are serving great seafood.”

As of this morning, strong winds have shifted in favor of Florida’s beaches pushing the oil even further west in the Gulf of Mexico and away from our shores.  The forecast for the balance of this week shows a continuation of these winds with almost all of the surface oil now west of the spill site which is more than 150 miles from the Destin area.

Because changes come about hourly and 30 days is a long way away, we are asking you to wait before canceling your vacation, especially those of you who are scheduled to arrive more than 30 days from today. Rest assured, we will keep you informed over the coming days and weeks regarding any changes in conditions. 

To help our guests with their vacation planning, Pelican Beach Management modified our cancellation policy regarding this situation:

Gulf of Mexico - Deepwater Horizon Incident Cancellation Policy

We are advising all guests of Pelican Beach Management to please wait until closer to your arrival date before cancelling due to the oil spill. If, at that time, it is necessary for you to cancel your reservation because of eminent oil landfall in the Destin area, you will not be charged for a late cancellation.  If you are already at Pelican Beach Resort or The Terrace at the time of landfall, you will be refunded any unused portion of your rent if you choose to check-out early.

So, please feel free to make your reservation with confidence knowing you have flexibility if the need arises.


Daily Photos (05/07/2010)

Every few days, we will post photos of daily Gulf conditions on this page. There's no better way to explain our current conditions and to show our beaches are still as beautiful as ever!

 
     

Oil Spill Continues To Stay Well To The West. Optimism Is Rising With Containment Efforts Underway  (05/07/10)

State, county and city officials continue to monitor the current situation in the western Gulf of Mexico  Many guests are calling us and asking about the oil spill and the conditions of Destin's beaches. As of this update, the oil spill has not reached or affected our beaches. It is business as usual in Destin and the beaches and weather are outstanding!

Visitors are here and are welcome to visit the beach at this time. While both the State and County officials have issued "Declarations of Emergency" this is simply a technical formality that will ensure Destin get its fair share of resources for preventative efforts underway or if the current scenario might change and bring the oil spill closer to our waters.

Gulf water quality continues to be good off our shores. Officials with the Florida Department of Agriculture, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have indicated they have no intention of halting commercial and recreational fishing in Florida until there is evidence that the action is necessary.

With one leak stopped and the newly constructed cap being positioned today, we are optimistic that by the end of the weekend, the majority of the oil flow will be under control. Winds continue to help push the oil further westward away from the panhandle of Florida and the weather has been great for containment and treatment of the oil spill in the Gulf. 

Jeff Masters, hurricane expert and weather blogger at weatherunderground.com, says in his latest post that Florida will likely not have to worry about landfall in the immediate future. He said favorable winds continue through Sunday when " the winds will begin increasing and shifting to the southeast. The latest run of the GFS model shows that this will be a week-long period of southeast winds, with wind speeds at times reaching 20 - 25 knots. These winds will threaten to bring oil to a large portion of the Louisiana coast, including regions of the central Louisiana coast west of the mouth of the Mississippi River. The Mississippi and Alabama coasts will also be at risk next week, but the risk to the Florida Panhandle is lower.


Daily Photos (05/05/2010)

Each day, we will post photos of daily Gulf conditions on this page. There's no better way to explain our current conditions and to show our beaches are still as beautiful as ever!

 
     
 

Keep Your Plans For The Beach!  (05/04/10)

As Okaloosa County officials monitor the current situation in the western Gulf of Mexico, the shores along Destin and northwest Florida beaches look fantastic!  The sand is still sugar white and the water is as emerald as ever.  So, if you’re planning on visiting now and throughout the summer, please keep those plans!

Over the past 48 hours, the winds have shifted in favor of Florida’s beaches pushing the oil further west in the Gulf of Mexico and away from our shores.  This will allow more time for containment and treatment by the ever growing fleet of vessels throughout the gulf waters.  State and local officials are gaining some confidence that preventative measures will be successful. 

Because changes come about hourly and 30 days is a long way away, we are asking you to wait before canceling your vacation, especially those of you who are scheduled to arrive more than 30 days from today. Rest assured, we will keep you informed over the coming days and weeks regarding any changes in conditions. 

To help our guests with their vacation planning, Pelican Beach Management has modified our cancellation policy regarding this situation:

Gulf of Mexico - Deepwater Horizon Incident Cancellation Policy

We are advising all guests of Pelican Beach Management to please wait until closer to your arrival date before cancelling due to the oil spill. If, at that time, it is necessary for you to cancel your reservation because of eminent oil landfall in the Destin area, you will not be charged for a late cancellation.  If you are already at Pelican Beach Resort or The Terrace at the time of landfall, you will be refunded any unused portion of your rent if you choose to check-out early.

So, please feel free to make your reservation with confidence knowing you have flexibility if the need arises.

 


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