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Let’s keep our toes dug in the sand a little longer.
Let that salty air kiss our cheeks; the sun kiss our hair a little blonder.
Let’s see what treasures those waves will bring to the sandy shore for us to find.
Ocean treasure of seashells that were all but left behind.
Let’s make friends with the dolphins, the sea turtles, and perhaps a mermaid or two.
I’ll dig my hands into the sand and build a sand castle just for you.
Let’s sit till the sun sets and watch the sky light up with magic.
Sit and snuggle and make memories that all feel so romantic.
Let’s wait for the stars to come out to glimmer on the waters foamy edge.
Then they’ll lead us home with hearts content because our souls were fully fed.
We’ll lie in bed and dream the dreams, dreaming of our tomorrows.
With a prayer on our lips for a little more time,
the time we wish to borrow.
Because dreams come from the place in our hearts we secretly desire with an ache.
What a feeling it is to know we’re alive and well,
and that we’re dreaming fully awake!

I know what you may be thinking,

“What does this picture of a single plant sprouting from the ground have to do with my value?”

Stay with me on this and I will try and bring this altogether the way I feel the Lord is wanting me to.

The germination process of a plant is when a dormant seed begins to sprout and grow into a seedling under the right conditions and in the right soil.

How interesting is it that the seed, if laid on top of the soil instead of being planted within it, would not germinate nor bear any fruit but would be cast upon the wind or dried by the sun and die. Isn’t it also interesting that it took absolute darkness in the mud in order for this process to first take place.

“And this is what we were taken from for the Lord to create us? The dirt of the earth. Why not something more grand, or perfect or…….?”

Thinking about all of the different varieties of soil, spread across the planet, each has its own unique shades of color, composition and properties that make it unique, by design, with an intended purpose the Creator wished to draw from within each man and women that would walk its surface.

Genesis 2: 6-8 says this:

“6 But springs welled up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground. 7 Then the LORD God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils, and the man became a living being. 8 And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, where He placed the man He had formed.…”

Our perception of each other, in the political climate we live in, is one of discrimination and a misunderstanding of the “true value” that God intended for us based off of our skin color versus understanding the soil from which we came and the value that soil represents to God.

Stay with me here…

What if our skin color was a representation of the earth from which we were pulled and created; each soil containing very unique elements and diversities by which certain corresponding elements thrive because it was designed by the creator but only in certain conditions?

“Would that make any one soil more valuable than the other?”

I believe that although many soils carry different minerals that can harvest fruit that may be considered by some to be more valuable, the Creator designed us to work in unison and not individualize ourselves for the traits we do have versus the traits we don’t but understand that the value we bring is so much stronger when used together versus separated and individualized.

Another way to think about this is to look at a natural filter that one could make at home to filter water out the impurities that could harm or even kill you. See the picture below.

The concept is quite simple. Take multiple different layers of sand, clay, soil and charcoal and the combination of them all make a filter that can completely eliminate any pathogens in the water that could be harmful to the human body. The water is poured at the top of the filter and as it descends, each layer, by design, will assist the previous layer in eliminating any harmful elements within the water while maintaining the purity within it until at long last nothing is left but pure filtered water at the bottom. What is even more interesting is if you just used any one element instead of them all working together, it would not only be useless against stopping those pathogens, but create a bitterness in the water or even completely clog the water altogether rendering it worth-less or have no value.

Isn’t it fitting for the devil to create an illusion of value based off of skin color when he knows all to well that we are stronger together than apart; that when we stand united we have the ability to completely filter out the pathogens of hate and unforgiveness and create life giving water, through unity, that is free from anything harmful that could separate us from the love of God that isn’t dictated by color but by birthright in His image.

I think the minute we as believers put aside our insecurities and misconceptions of value based off of what our eyes perceive instead of what our hearts and our spirits confirm, on that day….we will see His kingdom come and His will done on Earth as it is in Heaven.

I leave you with this final thought:

If we are the soil from which God has pulled us from the earth and together we can create life giving water free from pathogens and impurities that society and the devil continue to bombard us with, can you imagine the fruit we can bear once we are united together the way God had intended? The little plant you see in the headline photo is just the start. There is a harvest coming to the world and God is looking for those among us willing to get dirty and start planting these seeds. But I tell you the truth, it will take all of us. Not any one man or women. Not any one color or race. It will come when we are united and not divided. Many of us will hear the devil try and convince us that we are not strong enough, not smart enough, or talented enough. But I tell you the truth, we are all created to be of one body. The eye does not say to the hand “I don’t need you”, nor would it make sense that the entire body be an eye. Each of us are created unique and with specific purpose to be used in unity within the body of Christ. Our value to the body…priceless and irreplaceable. If we lose an eye, can we simply replace it? If our hand is cut off, can we simply grow it back? No…because we were designed to understand the value each of those parts bring to the body in order to appreciate the significance they have individually for the body. As such, learn to see the value you bring to others and the value others bring to you. Only then, will you understand the true value that we all bring; not just to each other, but to the kingdom of heaven.

1 Corinthians 12: 12-31

12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by[c] one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

15 Now  if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to  the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And  if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the  body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If  the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the  whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and  the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor.  And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while  our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the  body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 28 And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues[d]? Do all interpret? 31 Now eagerly desire the greater gifts. 

God Bless

Intro: The reason I chose the image above, is to show a path; to symbolize a journey to peaceful and tranquil waters. That is what we all are hoping for right? Of course! And that journey to tranquility, in and along our amazing Emerald Coastline of Destin Florida, begins with our property search. This is a daunting task though and not for the reasons you would expect…or maybe you’re seasoned and you know exactly where I am going with this. Did you know that there are over 4,000 agents just along the Emerald Coast? I have heard it said that 95% of the market along our Emerald Coast is controlled by only 5% of its agents. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

Story: The other day I took some great clients of mine to go and preview a $3,500,000 beach front property. The property was listed with one of our industries top producers along the Emerald Coast. Upon an initial inspection of the home, I found the property to be abysmal at best. Coming from a background in building, and carrying the nations highest license in residential construction, I know a poorly remodeled home when I see one. My clients too could see that things were not up to “par”. When asked at a later date by the listing agent how the showing went, I replied “quite honestly, have you actually been to the home? Surely you know the answer to that question?” I was completely taken back by the agents’ response when he/she replied “actually I have never been to the property but maybe I should run over there and take a look at the home. Can you do me a favor? Can you write up a list of your findings? Since I know your background, that would be very helpful for me to present those to the seller and try and get these items resolved?” I was more than happy to do so and sent a 2 page letter worth of findings of my 20 minute walk-through of the property.

Explanation: So why do I bring that story up? Well it is quite simple actually. That 5% of our top agents are so busy with listings and high volume buyers that they don’t even have the time to spend one on one with any of those buyers or sellers anymore. They are purely “running” them through their system without even being the agent they most likely use to be, which I am sure got them where they are today. This is an issue with our industry because as the buyer or the seller, you are entrusting your decisions and being influenced by the agent you have selected to have your best interests in mind. But is that actually happening anymore? When is the last time you had a great experience with real estate? Or better yet, when is the last time you met an agent that you honestly felt you could trust?

The Promise: I am not your typical agent. In fact, I would venture to say that there is probably not another agent like me out there because what I can sincerely promise to you is this…I will ALWAYS be honest with you! Regardless of the commission, the deal (or lack thereof) and how it could or could not benefit me, I will always be open and up front with you about what I would do in your situation, knowing your goals, and am excellent at navigating the entire process from start to finish. I also promise that this will be the best real estate experience that you have ever had. For me, the relationships that I build and the friendships that I make through this journey are far more important to me than any amount of money, or any amount of commission and if you haven’t read my testimony or my life experiences that have led me to this point, please do so. You will learn pretty quickly that I put people and relationships first and foremost above all else, except my relationship with my God.

Experience: To read up a little more about my vision for this industry and to hear some testimonials about my success in real estate investing, please follow the link below or feel free to reach out to me directly anytime at (850) 225-8117.

~Christopher R Harper~

https://destindreamers.com/real-estate-services


I have a brief story to tell: A few weeks back, after meeting with my CPA, it was determined that within the last two years, my wife and I had over $240,000 stolen from us through acts of fraud that we have fought through the legal system over the years. This is of course devastating to anyone to have so much stolen and all in a country you would think would have protections against this sort of fraud and extortion but yet it still happens every day and to good people.

That evening I left the house without letting anyone know where I would be going. My family was very concerned about me and I am sure most people would commit suicide in that moment when you see what took years to accumulate taken so easily by another country or through acts of dishonesty. Driving over Destin pass, I decided to stop and walk along okaloosa point. Many times in the past I would find solace in a nice walk along the beach at night and was hoping this evening that the Lord would reassure me that everything was going to be ok in spite of my losses. After walking all the way around the point and headed back west, I sat in the sand defeated and feeling completely alone. It was in that moment that I heard a still small voice tell me to DIG. “Dig” I asked myself. Not giving any more thought, I dug for over 2 hours in the sand. I reached over 8′ deep by 4′ wide below sea level when water started to come into the hole causing me to stop. I remember kneeling and looking up at the stars above me through the small hole above me that I created. It was completely quiet; I couldn’t even hear the waves in that moment. That was when I heard God’s voice over me saying

“There is peace in this life Chris…but sometimes you have to dig to find it.”

I found peace in what God was saying because truly I tell you, peace does not come easily in this life and it doesn’t come from wealth or fame or the adoration of others. It comes from God and doesn’t come easily. Many times, we have to dig; dig through our circumstances and through our shortcomings until we reach a place that there is nothing around us but the very sand from which we came to force us to look nowhere else but upwards. Only then can you see the beauty that surrounds you and realize that you truly are blessed, even in your losses and failures.

Psalms 37: 3-7 Says this:

“Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him, and He will do it. He will bring forth your righteousness like the dawn, your justice like the noonday sun.”

The key to understand when you see scripture reference “the desires of your heart,” or “the secret petitions of our heart,” is understanding that our father in heaven understands what we need more so than we do. Another way of understanding this is from the perspective of a mom with her young child. No one would disagree that this child’s mom would be best suited to know what her child’s needs are and how to provide them safely to her child, even though her child would disagree at times. Well, similarly we are but children in the eyes of the Lord. Wouldn’t our Father in Heaven be best suited to know our needs then and how we can attain those needs in ways that wouldn’t corrupt or harm us? Many times in life I think we believe that wealth or materialistic things are what provide peace. Those items can indeed provide excitement and joy but do they provide the peace the Bible is referring to? If we observe the wealthy among us, there is an insatiable desire to attain more and more wealth, fame and titles until there is nothing more they can attain in their lives. We watch them deteriorate, rebel or even resent the very fans and critics they sought their fame until finally taking their own life because the “peace” they were truly seeking couldn’t be found…it had to be given.

Philippians 4:6-7 says this: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Notice first that you have to first SEEK the Lord through prayer and petition and second you have to present your thankfulness and prayers to God. It is in that moment that God freely gives His peace which transcends time, space and circumstance; it defies logic and explanation but assuredly is protected by Christ Jesus whom resides within the place that you first invited him into your life…your heart.

Life has a way of lifting us up fast and swift and then immediately dropping us harder and with a burn more ferocious than a meteor hitting the earth’s atmosphere. Why is that? Why do we allow ourselves to be so impacted by life’s up and downs? I understand that there are those circumstances regarding death or wrongs done against us that no matter where we are at in our faith or in life, those blows are heavy.

The question I want to ask in this blog is this: In whom do you allow your rest to come from in those moments?

I believe that when we are circumstantial with our beliefs and with our relationship with God, we then allow the enemy to easily advance against us until the day we declare in one voice that the promises of God are foundational in our lives and not circumstantial. When we believe that He does all things for the good of those who believe in him; that in that day you call out to Him, He will answer you and embolden you and strengthen you to continue moving forward and in the perseverance attained through those trials, truly lack in nothing!

Our trials are either representative of yet another defeat, or an opportunity to rise above them and declare the promises of God as written in His word. Truly the moments when we rise above our circumstances and declare the promises of God over our lives is in fact when we allow the store houses of heaven to be open to us and shine down upon us with all of the favor of heaven. It is then when we allow God to rain down upon us His anointed blessings and treasures which only He knows we need. Treasures can come in so many forms that God can present us with. Many times a treasure from heaven can simply be a close friend or even a pet which is always there to meet us after a long day of work. Don’t always consider treasure in the materialistic form because God doesn’t and He is the one from whom we receive. They are promises; declarations within his word that need only be spoken to be received.

I challenge you to reach out in your time of desperation and cry out to God… “Abba, Father” and allow the peace of God to settle upon you in that moment. You may have to dig to find what you’re looking for but I urge you, no matter how ridiculous it may sound, DIG that hole and see what peace can settle upon you. Don’t forget though, God won’t ask you to just dig that hole, He will ask you to fill back in afterwards because He doesn’t want anyone else to be harmed in the lessons He presents to us 😉

This photo was taken the next evening with our friends when we decided to worship God and His faithfulness to us at crab island as the sun set that evening.

13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb  be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!”

Amen

Revelation 5:13

The majestic beaches along the Emerald Coast are truly only beautiful because of the efforts made by those here in the community willing to give up their week nights in order to clean up the garbage and keep our beaches as pristine as you all witness upon arriving here. This is not easy work but the Harper family, owners of Destin Dreamers, dedicate their evenings to walking the beaches and cleaning up the trash, instead of enjoying its beauty, because they know if they don’t…who will?

This 12′ x 12′ float washed up on the beaches of Destin at Okaloosa Point just as you are coming into Destin. Although this was the largest single item pulled off of the beach that evening, they fill several trash bags full of garbage each week from this spot that wash in from Crab Island and surround beaches. Sadly enough, each time they come out, the trash seems to be as endless as the sand.

Here are their two kids, Serenity and Gabriel, getting in on the action. We invite everyone in the community to take part in this. Don’t wait for some church outreach or local event to clean up what you all see when you walk down the beach. Bring a bag with you and if just everyone picks up a little bit every time they go to the beach, our beaches can remain beautiful and our marine life too can enjoy what we have all come here to witness.

This Good Samaritan helped Christopher haul this huge float all the way back to the parking lot. Filled with water and sand, this float weighed over 250lbs and was drug over 3/4 of a mile. What you don’t see are the kids and Jamie Harper, whom took this photo, behind Christopher, each carrying trash bags full of garbage.

This photo was taken the very same evening. It is a reminder of how majestic our beaches are here but only if we do our part.

You can find The Harpers walking the beaches in the evenings, trash bags in hand, ready for the next big haul. Won’t you join us?

There are very few places, certainly in North America, that celebrate events capped off with fireworks as often as Destin, Florida does. Throughout the summer months, Destin and its surrounding towns throw extravagant parties and events followed by an amazing display of fireworks to cap off the evening. This happens 3 nights a week throughout summer and throughout the year celebrating every major holiday and numerous events as well. From BBQ competitions to seafood festivals, we have it all and will make you feel apart of this small town community when you come. The video above is the 4th of July Celebration firework show held last year on the 3rd of July privately sponsored by Peter Boss at Destin Commons and was the highlight of the year. The 4th of July firework show over the pass was incredible as well but few dare to compare to the firework show we experienced at Destin Commons. It went on for 28 minutes and this 1 minute captured only a fraction of it.

Bioluminescent Phytoplankton

Many of us, whom have witnessed the ocean waters turn vibrant shades of blue or sometimes green in the middle of the night, have many times wondered if it were our own imaginations that created the beauty we saw that night. Have you ever walked along the sand under the nights sky and the sand glowed blue underneath your feet? Or watched a fish swim through the water, seeing all of its movements highlighted in brilliant colors but never actually being able to see the fish? Well what you have witnessed is indeed a natural wonder of the world called Bioluminescence. Here in the Gulf of Mexico, even right here in Destin, we see it quite often while out for an evening stroll along the beach, but it occurs all over the world and comes in many different colors and forms. Interestingly, the illuminations we witness here along the Emerald Coast are actually billions of microscopic unicellular algae called Phytoplankton. Thats right…algae that you cannot even see with your own eyes are emitting that incredible light right before you and as abruptly as they came, mystifying your imagination, they are gone. They are so small, in fact, that thousands of these phytoplankton can fit in a single droplet of water.

So how does something so small give off such brilliant light…and why?

Bioluminescent phytoplankton emits its bioluminescence from a light-generating chemical reaction called chemiluminescence. Did that go right over your head? In easy to understand terms, mixing certain chemicals together can create a “chemical reaction.” One easy example of a Chemical Reaction is mixing vinegar with baking soda. Vinegar reacts with baking soda creating sodium-acetate that when used properly can create an exothermic reaction (meaning it heats up) referred to as “Hot Ice” that you see in those hand warmer packs you break that instantly get hot.

Well, amazingly enough, certain chemicals, when mixed together can create light. Have you ever cracked open a “Glow Stick” and it immediately lit up for hours? Well that is a chemical reaction that takes place between hydrogen peroxide solution and diphenyl oxalate. Similarly, phytoplankton carry chemiluminescence within them called Luciferins and the light produced through oxidation sets off a catalyst called Luciferase when the phytoplankton are disturbed or “threatened”. Bioluminescence is found throughout nature and especially prevalent in our oceans. From micro-organism using bioluminescence to warn off an impending attach to the angler fish using a bioluminescent appendage to lure in the unsuspected prey, the usage of bioluminescence in nature is astounding. As for the phytoplankton, there have been many great biologists that have hypothesized their usage of bioluminescence. However, one thing is very clear and consistent, they always emit their luminescence in the presence of movement, danger or when they feel threatened. Many believe that when phytoplankton feel they are being attacked, they will emit this bioluminescence in order to attract larger species of fish that prey on the very species attacking the phytoplankton. It is quite ingenious really because larger predatory fish are known to stay near these large collections of phytoplankton because they not only present to them an easy meal, by illuminating the attackers position, but can also forewarn them of even larger predators in the area giving them time to escape. But, there is significant risk playing this game. These savvy fish are traversing through a floating minefield that in a moments notice can expose their exact position to even hungrier predators.

The ocean is a marvelous and mysterious place. Being fortunate enough to be able to enjoy the serenity around us and write about events that we experience with our own eyes here in Destin, Florida is exactly why we decided to move here in the first place.

Come Celebrate Life with us…Book a Stay at one of our amazing rental properties or allow us to find that dream home for you and your family so these experiences can be just another weeknight!


Coming from Colorado, I know all to well how the cold just sinks in deep and you just DREAM of getting away…anywhere warmer than where you’re at. What better place to soak of some Vitamin D than beautiful Destin, Florida. The water is back to its amazing emerald and baby blue color, the birds are out chasing the fish in the surf, even the little crabs can be found in sand scurrying away from you as you get close. Yes, life is thriving and waiting to welcome you back. We will be uploading photos very soon of our latest vacation rental “Silver Sands” and are also going to be selling an amazing property we designed that is fully furnished and rent ready. Rental projections are upwards of $170,000. List price to come. Stay tuned for more information but in the meantime…get down here and get away from that cold weather!


Have you ever wondered why the water color in Destin or other parts of the world can dramatically change from one season to the next? How one December the water can be a perfectly clear blue and the next year the water is brown or discolored? Furthermore, what underlying factors contribute to our oceans allowing them to turn such an Emerald Green color?

Here is a list of fun educational facts that contribute to our many different water colors in hopes that it sheds some light (pun intended) on the current condition of our water here in beautiful Destin, Florida.

First, we need to understand water and how sunlight affects it!

In order to fully understand color changes in our oceans, we first need to understand why water typically appears blue in the first place.

Looking down over the Caribbean from an airplane, you would most likely come to the conclusion that the water is indeed “blue” or “turquoise” in color. However, when scooping that exact same water into a glass cup to examine it further, you would find that it isn’t blue but rather clear. What then makes the water appear blue? Water is not inherently blue, we just perceive it to be blue because that is the reflection from the remaining molecules left unabsorbed in the water. Let me further explain. Water molecules absorb colors like green, red, yellow, etc. only leaving short-wavelength blues and violets unabsorbed to reflect back to our eyes. So what our eyes actually perceive is a byproduct of the molecules left unabsorbed in the water, not the “color” of the water itself. Furthermore, here in Destin, Florida we have incredibly fine white quartz sand lining our shores making the perfect backdrop for light to penetrate, further exaggerating whatever molecules, phytoplankton or algae are left in the water, bringing out the dominant color.

How does the water turn Green?

The Gulf of Mexico receives large amounts of fresh, mineral enriched deposits from large river basins such as the Mississippi River basin and even in our own backyard, the Choctawhatchee Bay, which is fed by many natural fresh water springs. The presence of these nutrients then leads to profuse algal growth as it mixes with the ocean water. Light, reflecting off of this algae (phytoplankton) is then further enhanced by the white sand backdrop giving the water the appearance of being “green” in color. Phytoplankton,  a microscopic plant-like organism, also produces chlorophyll which absorbs red and blue light causing the then remaining dominant color, green, to be the most pronounced. Nasa stated in an article, “the more phytoplankton in the water, the greener it is…the less phytoplankton, the bluer it is.”

What makes our water brown?

During the fall and winter months in Destin the leaves and pine needles fall, flowers and additional foliage drop their pedals and storms cause trees and other organic matter to fall to the ground.

Why is this additional or surplus organic matter important to the water color?” You may be asking yourself.

Well it is through a process of decay that these organic materials break down causing our fresh water lakes and ponds to turn brown and even black in color. The excessive rain fall will then cause that decay to wash into our rivers systems, mix in with our bays and coastal waterways (causing brackish water) and eventually find its way out to our ocean following the tides. Much of the brown color you see along the coastline will be a direct byproduct of rainfall and organic runoff. Drive a few miles away from the nearest major inlet and the water will be much clearer.

Red Tide…not so Red? Author Side Note: “It is not uncommon to get Red Tide in Destin but it is usually very faint and does not last very long thanks to the Gulf Current moving West to East pushing it south away from its point of origin in Southern Florida. More often than not, we experience it in Destin after a large storm or hurricane pushes the southern waters northwest towards Destin.”

Wikipedia defines Red tide, known as Karenia brevis, as “a phenomenon caused by algal blooms during which algae becomes so numerous that they discolor coastal waters (hence the name “red tide“).” However, “red” tide does not always appear red at all but rather a reddish brown color usually followed by a strong chemical odor mixed with the smell of decaying flesh. Do not mistake this smell or color, for it is an unmistakable early warning sign. This algae bloom can have detrimental effects on marine wildlife as well as beach goers. Red tide is most recognized for its destructive capabilities to marine life due to its toxicity levels disrupting any known species of marine life to experience equilibrium malfunctions, paralysis and eventually, if left untreated…death. However, what many do not discuss is its impact on beach goers. Once a wave, carrying red tide, breaks open the cell of the Karenia Brevis, the poisionous toxins are released into the air causing respiratory problems to anyone or any creature within its vicinity. Apply a strong coastal breeze and this toxin can affect anyone along the coastline or even inland many miles. While some scientists have stated it’s relatively safe to swim in, most will argue to stay away from it and be observant of the signs. If you experience a headache, trouble breathing, coughing or nausea within a short period of time on the beach or near the beach…its time to get away from the water immediately. Re-hydrate yourself and stay indoors. Furthermore, do not expose any open wounds to red tide. Children under the age of 12 should not be exposed to it, nor anyone whom is affected by any respiratory illness or condition. If you have been exposed, unknowingly, we advise taking a shower and using swimmers ear (if you were in the water) immediately. Drink plenty of fluids and stay out of the sun and of course…the water, for a couple of hours. See your doctor if you experience symptoms lasting more than 24 hours.

Thanks for reading. We hope this exploration into the mysteries of our incredible ocean was educational.

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Finding the right home in the right area and for the right amount of money is something only a well qualified and experienced Real Estate Agent can accomplish. With the ever growing number of agents all claiming to be the best and all trained similarly in the methods to present the answers to the information listed above, how then are you able to differentiate between them? One word really solidifies this…Experience!

But Experience in What?

At RealJoy Properties, we have a team of highly qualified past or current builders, attorneys, and entrepreneurs all now active and full time Real Estate Agents dedicated to assisting you, the buyer or seller, in making well and informed decisions from a wide variety of expert viewpoints. Our agents, whom work together and not just independently under one broker, share a common goal…to serve our customers and help serve our community. We are dedicated in our efforts to find that perfect property or sell your beautiful home so you can move on to bigger and better things.

Chris Harper, the builder and developer in the group, brings a very unique perspective to RealJoy Properties in that he has over 18 years construction experience and is nationally licensed and recognized for his accomplishments in building. His observations from countless inspections, site and plan reviews, code enforcement review committee meetings, and lead and asbestos abatement meetings with the EPA, give Chris a very different perspective when looking at new or older properties. Chris can inform you, upon your initial walk through of a property, about any concerns that you may want to be aware of and can assist in finding appropriate solutions to resolve those concerns under the current and active code requirements set by the building department. Furthermore, Chris has a plethora of knowledge in building and is an excellent resource to bounce ideas off of about what can or cannot be done to a property and what may be required in order to facilitate those improvements or ideas.

One thing is for certain, buying in Destin and surrounding towns has definitely become a little bit easier with the help and support of so many great and wonderful people dedicated to you the buyer or seller. Please call and allow us to assist you further.

RealJoy Properties
4014 Commons Dr., STE 100
Destin, FL 32541
(850) 225-8117 Chris’ Cell , (850) 424-3094 Office
Sales@realjoyproperties.com