Friday, December 7, 2012

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This weekend our Destin Forward leadership class is having a Bake Sale at HarborWalk Village next to the biggest star of them all, Santa Claus.


We will be there from 12pm to 4pm, selling tons of baked goodies {including these}:

The purpose of our Bake Sale is to raise funds for the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA), which is in need of equipment to carry on its mission of preserving the local waterways.  Whether you're a Destin resident or you visit the area a few times a year with your family, you can truly appreciate this organization's mission.  The CBA's efforts ensure that the Choctawhatchee Bay {the gorgeous water you drive over coming down the Mid-Bay Bridge, and the water to your left as you drive east through Okaloosa Island and across the Destin Bridge} stays exactly the way we want it: a beautiful emerald green shade and flourishing with native sea-life.

The CBA not only monitors the water quality monthly, they are also currently on a mission to rebuild the oyster reefs in the Choctawhatchee Bay.  Sure, we love the oysters from Apalachicola, but what if we could eat oysters from the very bay we overlook while dining in the Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin? And further, rebuilding oyster reefs in our local watershed can be done through the use of fossilized oyster shells {hello, eco-friendly people} and will reduce erosion.

The CBA has slowed their reef rebuilding efforts as of late because the vessel, used to carry the fossilized oyster shells out to future reef locales, was stolen some months ago.

{Ahem, this is where we come in.}

Through this Bake Sale, and a few other upcoming fundraising events, we will donate a floating vessel to the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance so they can continue their efforts to preserve our waterways by May 2013.

I've touched on just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what this organization does for our local community, so please visit their website to learn more...and don't forget to come see us on the Harbor tomorrow!


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