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Destin is Open for Business - Recovery Efforts Underway For Our Neighbors to the East

The World's Luckiest Fishing Village has lived up to its name, just barely dodging Hurricane Michael. It’s an odd feeling looking at our beautiful beaches and knowing that just a few miles east there is mass destruction. Newman-Dailey is thankful to all of those who have reached out in concern and we are determined to help the community in any way we can.

Northwest Florida is resilent and this community along with our friends around the country are banning together to be part of Hurricane Michael Relief efforts. The outpouring of support for affected commuinities has been humbling and there is still so much more to be done. 


Short Term Rentals  
Whether you're planning your next Destin vacation or seeking a home-away-from-home for a few weeks, we have a variety of condominium and Destin vacation rental homes at discounted fall rates. View our Destin vacation rentals online.  

Relief Workers - Long-Term Rentals
We also have options for workers coming to the area for relief efforts. If you are an insurance adjustor or other relief worker seeking a monthly rental, please contact Newman-Dailey's long-term rental division. Our team has options to lease long-term rentals for one to three-months for those coming to the area to assist with relief efforts. Click here for our long-term leasing division.  

Drop Off Point For Donations

For guests and owners staying in Destin, we want to make it easy to provide donations and support, therefore, Newman-Dailey is serving as a drop-off location for donated items. These items will be donated through repuatable local groups including the Rotary Club of Destin, Walton Area Chamber of Commerce, local churchs and Catholic Charities.  


For the those who have asked, "what else can we do to help", here are other ideas:  

The need for volunteers is great. If you would like to volunteer with Michael’s recovery efforts, please visit and fill out the volunteer form or call Volunteer Florida at 1-800-FLHELP1 (354-3571). Please know that teams are still working to assess damage in the areas affected the greatest by Hurricane Michael.

Buy the T-Shirt

Visit South Walton and the 30A® lifestyle brand have partnered to raise funds to benefit neighboring counties that suffered devastating losses. The tourism industry is banning together and every single dollar of every sale is going directly to relief efforts. And each super-soft SHORE UP shirt is made from eight recycled plastic bottles. Click here to learn more about how to purchase your Shore Up shirt and show your support.

Donations and Drop off Sites   
Florida Disaster Fund: The Florida Disaster Fund is the State of Florida’s official private fund established to assist Florida’s communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster. In partnership with the public sector, private sector and other non-governmental organizations, the Florida Disaster Fund supports response and recovery activities.   

To make a one time donation of $10, text the word DISASTER to 20222 and a one-time donation of $10.00 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance.  
To make a one time donation of $25, text the word DISASTER25 to 20222 and a one-time donation of $25.00 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance.  

Items needed:
Cleaning Supplies  
Paper Goods  
Hygiene items and Toiletries (diapers, wipes, pads, tampons, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc.)    

Click here for a full list of needed items. 

In addition to Newman-Dailey's Main Office in Miramar Beach, the following locations are drop off sites collecting donations:     
-DeFuniak Springs: Southern Choice Properties (917 US HWY 331 S, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435), M-F 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  

-Santa Rosa Beach: Walton Area Chamber Office (63 S. Centre Trail Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459), M-F 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  

- Santa Rosa Beach: Grayton Beer Production Facility, located at 217 Serenoa Rd., Santa Rosa Beach is a regional staging and distribution point for all supplies needed in the relief effort throughout the Panhandle. Priority items include: non-perishable food, cleaning products, diapers/pull ups, toiletries, and first aid products. Drop supplies inside the Taproom or by the door. 

-Destin: Destin Commons has joined the Together We Are Stronger Campaign and is serving as a community drop location for money, gift cards and needed supplies. Click here for a full list of needed items. (Drop off site is located in the parking lot to the east of Bass Pro Shop off Highway 98)


Another way to support Northwest Florida is to take a beach vacation. By visiting South Walton, Destin or Fort Walton Beach, you help fuel the local economy so residents and businesses can continue to support our neighbors to the east. Now is a great time to book your fall beach vacation or holiday gathering. Click here to view our vacation rental homes and condominiums or call one of our friendly vacation specialists at 1-800-225-7652 to help you plan. 

See you @ the beach!

Published on Friday, October 12, 2018