Around the Beach May 2023


Boy Scouts of America Gulf Coast Council Holds 2nd Annual Golden Eagle Award Event
Boy Scouts of America Gulf Coast Council presented the 2nd Annual Gold Eagle Award to Chris Moore at a fundraising event late April. This award honors an Eagle Scout for distinguished service in their profession and community for at least 25 years after attaining the level of Eagle Scout, among other accomplishments.

Moore is a Bay County native. Upon his return to the community after retiring from the United States Navy, he joined General Dynamics IT in 2012 as the Director of Operations, Senior Program Manager, and Site Lead. Moore currently volunteers his time in the community as a Bay County School Board Member, President of the Navy League, and Vice President for Citizens Oversight Committee for Infrastructure.

“This award is unique and strives to honor an individual from Bay County who is exemplary to our community. This event is critical to raising the necessary funds to help more youth in Bay County participate in the Scouting program. Chris Moore is very deserving of this honor, and we hope the proceeds from this event will help us have the necessary resources to help guide more youth in our community to be like Chris,” says Greg Voyzey, Scout Executive and Chief Executive Officer.

Mother’s Day Get-away on the Forgotten Coast

Around the Beach May 2023By Isabella Riquezes
Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and we’ve planned a fun-filled weekend for her along Florida’s Forgotten Coast. Florida’s Forgotten Coast is home to Apalachicola, one of the state’s best-kept secrets, home to mouthwatering seafood and an impressive selection of art galleries and antique shops housed in old cotton warehouses. Just under a two-hour drive away from Panama City Beach, it is the perfect escape to treat a special someone. Whether you choose to glide along uncrowded waters on a kayak, watch the sunset on the bay, or stroll past the restored Queen Anne-style homes on Bay Avenue, it’s easy to swoon over the town’s relaxed vibes and Southern charm.

When in Apalachicola, book a room at the Gibson Inn. The Gibson Inn was constructed in 1907 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The hotel is steeped in Southern hospitality, history, and old-world charm, creating an enjoyable environment for every age. The 45-room historic boutique hotel features one-of-a-kind guest rooms designed to kick off vacation mode and an authentic experience. The Inn boasts a lively Billiards Room, wrap-around porches with dining tables and rocking chairs, Bentley chauffeur service, Gibson Golf Cart rental packages, complimentary bicycles, and more.
The property also houses The Parlor Bar and Franklin Cafe, which reflect the local culture serving exceptional dishes and cocktails. Located steps away from one-of-a-kind boutiques, high-quality seafood, and bay-front views, guests can fully experience the marvel and tranquility of Florida’s best-kept hidden gems.

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Book Signing for “Catnip of Life” by Local Author Sharla Lee (Shults), an Amazon #1 Bestseller
The Press Downtown is excited to announce an upcoming book signing event for “Catnip of Life,” an Amazon #1 bestseller by poet and local author Sharla Lee (Shults). The event will take place on May 25th at The Press Downtown from 10am – 2pm.

“Catnip of Life” is a collection of poetry that invites readers to step away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and embrace the beauty of nature. Lee’s work is inspired by her daily walks with Mother Nature and offers a refreshing perspective on the world around us.
The book signing events will be an opportunity for fans to meet Sharla Lee (Shults) in person and have their copies of “Catnip of Life” signed by the author herself. Attendees can also enjoy a cup of coffee at The Press Downtown while immersing themselves in the artistry and beauty of Lee’s poetic verse.

“We are thrilled to partner with local author Sharla Lee (Shults) for these book signing events and share her inspiring work with our community,” said representatives from The Press Downtown. “Lee’s poetry resonates with readers who appreciate the beauty of nature and the power of words. We look forward to welcoming fans and book lovers to these special events.”