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DeFuniak named Best Small Town in Florida

Good morning! Yes, you read the subject line correct: DeFuniak Springs has been named Best Small Town
DeFuniak named Best Small Town in Florida
By Get The Coast • Issue #34 • View online
Good morning!
Yes, you read the subject line correct: DeFuniak Springs has been named Best Small Town in Florida, according to INSIDER.
In an article written the day after Christmas, INSIDER went town by town across the US to find small towns with a “plethora of activities for both locals and visitors”.
With a population of just 6,442, Defuniak Springs took Florida. Here’s what INSIDER had to say,
DeFuniak Springs is in Florida’s panhandle and has an interesting history. The town was founded in the 19th century as a resort for railroad travelers. The town welcomed presidents, poets, writer, and musicians to the charming community as a vacation destination. Today DeFuniak Springs still has its Victorian charm and still welcomes travelers interested in Florida’s rich history and culture. The Walton County Library— the oldest library in the state — is also in town. The Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood is also there, originally a 4,000-seat auditorium in the 19th century. The town is also home to Lake DeFuniak, one of the few naturally occurring lakes that are almost perfectly circular.
I can’t tell you the last time I actually visited DeFuniak Springs other than doing some filming at Blackstone Golf Course. Given the rich history this small town holds, it might be time to pay it another visit soon.
What do you think of DeFuniak named Best Small Town in Florida?

via DeFuniak Springs Facebook page
via DeFuniak Springs Facebook page
Local ways to workout that don’t suck
This is a brand new original article from Get The Coast’s new contributor, Jessie Montes.
Rockstar Kickboxing in Fort Walton Beach
Rockstar Kickboxing in Fort Walton Beach
New Year, New Ways to Workout that don’t suck… or should I say, suck LESS. Because if there’s zero suck, you might be working out wrong! That being said, many of us are making fitness goals for 2019 and we’re ready to make. it. happen.
Unfortunately, we tend to make goals that aren’t sustainable and are quite frankly a snooze-fest. If your New Year’s Resolution involves something like walking on a treadmill for 2 hours/7 days a week or walking blindly into a conventional gym, it might be time to rethink your plan.
Life is too short to be dragging yourself to the gym for a workout you hate. Try something new and make it an enjoyable experience! Here are several unique ideas that will not only support cool local businesses, but keep things fresh and exciting as you chase those fitness goals.
Click here to see the rest of the article on GetTheCoast.com where Jessie breaks it down by location, type and price. AND explains why you should try it!
Are you planning on working out to kick start the New Year?
Gulf Power sale has been finalized
NextEra Energy, Inc. has completed its previously announced acquisition of Gulf Power Company from Southern Company.
In a press release, Jim Robo, chairman and chief executive officer of NextEra Energy said,
“We are excited to welcome our new colleagues from Gulf Power to the NextEra Energy family. The last few months have been among the most challenging periods in Gulf Power’s rich history as the team worked tirelessly to restore power to those impacted by Hurricane Michael. We couldn’t be more pleased by Gulf Power’s performance and commitment to getting the lights back on during what were extremely dangerous and difficult conditions. As we turn to the future, we look forward to extending to Gulf Power’s customers our best-in-class value proposition of low bills, clean energy, high reliability and outstanding customer service.”
According to the Northwest Florida Daily News, NextEra and Southern Company struck a deal worth $6.5 billion that included NextEra purchasing Gulf Power, the Florida City Gas natural-gas company and ownership interests in two power plants. 
How 'bout some headlines?
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Ok, that’s all I have for you this morning! I hope you have a great Thursday and hopefully this fog will clear out soon! I’ll see ya tomorrow!
Jared
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