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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!

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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.

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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 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!

 
     
 

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!”
 

Daily Photos (05/26/2010)

Every few 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!

 
     
 


Daily Photos (05/24/2010)

Every few 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!

 
     
 


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 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!

 
     
 


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 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!

 
     

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.

 

 
 

AREA WEBCAMS

 
 

The following webcams are great ways to view the latest conditions in the Destin area!

Okaloosa County Beach Flag Cam

Okaloosa Pier Cam

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