Friday, May 7, 2010

Florida's Emerald Coast - Most beautiful beaches!

The beauty of our Emerald Coast 
is found, not only in our soft, sugar white beaches
and emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico, 
it is also evident in our people who give so much.

This week is Cottages for Kids 2010

Saturday and Sunday from 10-4pm,
Children's Volunteer Health Network, Inc.'s
Cottages for Kids 2010 at Rosemary Beach's East Long Green!

With tremendous imagination and craftsmanship, builder’s and
architects come together to create, construct and decorate whimsical
cottages that look like they have popped out from the pages of a fairytale
to modern creations brimming with creativity!

 Any child would love their very own playhouse in
their back yard!

CVHN Cottages for Kids takes place in May of 2010 on the East Long Green in Rosemary Beach, Florida.  The cottages are in a fenced area on the green and available for viewing anytime.
The tour dates and times are as follows :
May 8 (Media Day & Grand Opening) & 9 (10-4pm)
May 15 & 16 (10-4pm)
May 22 & 23 (10-4pm)
May 29 (10-4pm)
May 30 (10-2pm)
Auction Party  May 30 (6-9pm) BBQ. Bluegrass and Auction

  2008 Play Cottages

Cottages for Kids is a unique fundraising event that benefits Children’s Volunteer Health Network, Inc., a faith based, 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that seeks to enhance the lives of uninsured and underinsured children by facilitating free immediate access to medical, dental and mental health care.

Visit our website at to see our vacation rentals.

Email: for rates and availability. 

Find us on Facebook at Barefoot By The Sea!

We're saving a seat for you!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Beautiful beaches of Destin, Florida!

Today our hearts are heavy with dread and the possibility of enormous loss to our area.  

Okaloosa & Walton County officials and local agencies will need your help.  As area residents wait in trepidation over the impact our shorelines will have from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, there are several ways to prepare for the uncertain future. Staying in touch with local developments and volunteering are ways to cope by being proactive.

This information from
The situation across the Gulf coast appears to be grave.  Cooperating with local agencies and volunteering will be vital for restoration efforts in the coming weeks, months and perhaps years. 
The county has been in contact and is working with State and federal agencies in preparing Walton County for the potential disastrous effects the oil could have and have a plan of action in place.

It’s safe to say that Walton County residents have a passion for the beautiful natural landscape of our area, and there are many who want to do all they can to help protect our beaches and wildlife.
As we anticipate the possibility of the approaching oil slick to our area, we are in need of volunteers.  BP is looking for volunteers with boats to place oil booms to protect East Pass and Destin Harbor from the oil slick that could be coming our way. Call 425-745-8017. Please pass the word.
Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge is in need of the following donations in preparation for the oil slick:  Plastic storage bins with lids (18-24 Gal)/Baby blankets/towels/Heating pads w/out auto shut-off (older models)/...Heat lamps/Plastic stock tanks (Tractor Supply) 100 gal or larger/...Portable swim pool (non-inflatable) not shallow baby pools/Cash donations for medical supplies. Please drop items at 406 Mountain Dr, Destin, FL 32541 between 9am-3pm.

Only hazmat trained individuals can assist in the local rescue of wildlife. Local hazmat training opportunities for volunteers will be posted as soon as available. United Way First Call for Help is coordinating the hazmat training for wildlife. Right now they are taking names and telephone numbers for future classes that will become available, call 850-595-5905.
Oiled or injured wildlife contact and volunteer info:
To report oiled or injured wildlife in an area designated as oiled, call 800-557-1401. The Oiled Wildlife Hotline is not manned and will be checked for messages hourly.

Emerald Coast Wildlife Rescue in Destin is equipped and prepared to respond to oiled wildlife found on beaches that have not as yet been designated as “oiled.”  If you find a suspected oiled animal please call them immediately. They will provide rescue and supportive care until the animal is ready for transport to one of the regional wash and rehab stations. Oiled wildlife will be suffering from shock, hypo or hyperthermia, and stress and is typically stabilized for 24 – 48 hours before washing begins. Calling them directly at 850-650-1880 will save valuable time in the treatment process. They are also seeking volunteers without hazmat training to help at the refuge.

To volunteer, email with your contact info.

I will post more information as it becomes available.

Blessings to you all.

Phone:  850.543.9239