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By Christopher Manson ECCO Motors owner Scott Lightsey spent decades in automotive service, rentals, parts and “you name it.” He moved to Destin from Tallahassee 20 years ago, thinking he was “in the early stages of retirement, but I realized you have to put away a lot more money!” At age...
By Kenneth Books Tired of slow Internet? Tired of being bounced in the middle of your session? Live Oak Fiber is laying the lines to overcome those problems. Halfway complete, some 200,000 customers are expected to sign on to the fiber optic Internet plan, from Valparaiso to Santa Rosa County. Why here? “What’s...
By Maurice Stouse, Financial Advisor and Branch Manager Economic growth can be measured by corporate revenues and profits, GDP growth, productivity growth (latest report is a strong 3.7% for the last three quarters), market performance, low unemployment and the rate of inflation over time. What is driving all of this, particularly when...
June 1st marked the beginning of the 2024 hurricane season, which could be one of the most active on record. C​olorado State University’s tropical meteorology project team is forecasting 23 storms, 11 of which will become hurricanes and five of which will reach Category 3 status or stronger, in...
By Julie A. Martin When you have a property insurance claim in a single-family home, the claims process can be both frustrating and intimidating, and can be a long involved process. In a condo, it can be even more challenging, because the association is responsible for the exterior walls and...
By Maurice Stouse, Financial Advisor and Branch Manager The first quarter of 2024 is already behind us, and the markets have had some interesting results. The S&P 500 as of this writing was up over 10%; the Dow is up over 5%. Bonds, based upon the bellwether 10-year U.S. Treasury have...
By Julie A. Martin Insurance is everywhere, and there are so many different kinds, it gets confusing. What kind of coverage are you supposed to have to cover your homes, cars, boats and other fun things that you and your family use? Is it Property Insurance or Casualty Insurance? The answer...
By Maurice Stouse, Financial Advisor and Branch Manager Investors and their advisors often talk about sleeping well at night. We were recently reminded of the acronym of SWAN – Sleep Well at Night. We have seen consistently over time that nothing is more important to savers and investors – when...
By Michelle Ruschman If you are struggling with a sliding glass door, then you need Beachside Sliding Glass Door Maintenance, LLC. Starting in October 2023, it’s owned and operated by long-time Destin residents and high school sweethearts, Trevor and Tina Kasten. “We have learned to work very well together in handling all...
Living in Florida comes with its own set of challenges, including hot summers, intense humidity, and the ever-present threat of hurricanes. As we count down to the start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season on June 1, it’s crucial to be mindful of the potential activity in the Atlantic this...
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