Cheers to 5 Years Destin Life!


Lori Smith and Scott Miller at Business After HoursAs we approach the end of five full years, Destin Life has much to celebrate!

For starters, I’d like to congratulate our graphic designer Kim Harper, our Advertising Director Scott Miller, as well as our talented team of writers, contributing photographers and valued partners on five years of excellence! We’re honored to represent the Destin community and serve as a platform for YOUR community voice. Each month is a celebration of success in our thriving community!

Little did we know when we embarked on this mission, the community connection and interaction Destin Life would foster and its impact. You confirm continually how you adore reading about the locals within its pages and prefer doing business with those in our local community—and how great you feel after reading each all-positive, all-the-time monthly edition.

Thank you to those who support us through advertising, many we’ve promoted since the very beginning and who came on board with the very first issue (Check out August 2018 at—Mary Ann Windes (Real Estate Professionals/Destin Fishing Fleet), City Market Merchants, Otto’s Car Wash, Maurice Stouse and Amy Parrish (Raymond James–The First Wealth Management), The Hormone Restoration Center, Ava’s Furniture & Consignment, The Ships Chandler, Cali Hlavac (To Do In Destin), Lisa Turpin Fitness and Beachworx (also celebrating five years)!

Additional current and long-time partners, some signing on with the second and third issues, include Village of Baytowne Wharf, Stubbs Orthodontics, Claimology, Gulf Coast Dental, Smileology, Pitell Law Firm, Gail Pelto (Realtor Keller Williams), Electric Cart Company, Specialty Roofers, ECCO Motors, Overhead Door Company, What’s Up Dog, Boathouse Oyster Bar, The Melting Pot, Tequila’s, Tailfins, AJ’s, Auston’s on 98, AirServe, Have Travel Memories, Journey Bravely, Emerald Coast Compounding Pharmacy, Emerald Coast Energy Solutions, Insurance Zone (Abora), Carrow Window Films, A Superior and Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation/Sinfonia—ALL a testament, I believe, of Destin Life’s value. We appreciate those who have patronized our advertisers. Many, many others have joined the Life Media family since then and we are thankful and honored to promote ALL of you! YOU are the flavor of Destin Life!

We’ve met remarkable people and established long-term relationships. We’ve learned a lot about what YOU want and need as a business. And we’re determined to continue getting your message and story out to the 12,000 homes and businesses in Destin through direct mail and distribution—a market of almost 30,000!

Destin Life is now part of the Life Media family which has grown to seven publications serving our region, with the newest launch of FWB Life in Fort Walton Beach and a new digital division. But, we’ve not wavered in our mission to deliver impactful, meaningful and informative community information directly to your mailbox. It’s our passion to come alongside our local businesses to foster awareness, generate more business and go the extra mile in offering value-added ways to do that.

As we begin our sixth year, we’ll continue to tell stories about your neighbors, local pros and heroes—your accomplishments, positive and valuable activities, sports, education, dining, entertainment and events. We’ll continue to provide an affordable, effective way to promote through valuable content and marketing with affordable rates.

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Thank you Destin community, business owners and loyal readers for believing in us and supporting your hometown newspaper!

~ Lori Leath Smith, Publisher
“Our Business is to Promote Your Business!”

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