Elections and Voting

So, I was curious how my own county and different precincts voted.  That information is available at this website:  https://enr.electionsfl.org/WAL/1888/Summary/

What I found out is that hardly anyone votes in the primaries.  I can’t tell you how much this irks me.  I cherish my right to vote especially as a woman.  Prior to August 19, 1920 Women could not Vote.  Ladies out there……this is a serious discussion to have with friends.  Why are they not voting?  When only 15% of a precinct shows up to vote, what do you expect?  Especially if all 15% were white males. Who are making the decisions that matter the most to you?  Stand up and by all means, please exercise your right to VOTE!


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Coming Soon: Multi-Million Dollar Healthcare Facility

Coming soon to the area, a multi-million dollar healthcare facility. A local hospital saw a need to serve a great amount of patients. So, that’s what they are going to do.

Source: Coming Soon: Multi-Million Dollar Healthcare Facility

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NYC area tax-law refugees fuel Fla. luxury-home boom

Source: NYC area tax-law refugees fuel Fla. luxury-home boom


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Florida 2018 Facts


  • Population: 20,984,400
  • 2018 job growth: 2.3%
  • 2017 job growth: 2.2%
  • New jobs in 2018: 193,400
  • New jobs in 2017: 181,500
  • Unemployment rate by year-end 2018: 3.7%
  • Unemployment rate at year-end 2017: 3.9%

Florida GDP is expected to grow about 3.8 percent in 2018 and 2019, well above the national average. Construction is booming: a new high-rise is going up in Miami, and many retail strips are being converted to upscale. Housing starts will rise 10% this year and 6% next year, with home prices continuing to rise 6 percent to 10 percent on high demand. Florida still faces an oversupply of luxury condos, but cheaper housing is tight in most areas of the state. The manufacturing sector is surging, along with much of the service sector. Workers are becoming scarcer, as unemployment rates are dropping fast in many metro areas. Residual effects of the Hurricane Irma evacuation are still keeping labor force growth low in the southwest and the southern Atlantic coast. Orlando continues to be the hottest growth area, with gains in tech, aerospace, and healthcare. Also, the resort beaches of the Panhandle are beginning to be discovered.

Domestic tourism to Florida is still setting records, but international tourism is down, especially to Miami. Latin American currencies have fallen in relation to the dollar this year. Overseas immigration to the state is also down.

The tax law change limiting the amount of property deductions may increase relocations to the Florida Atlantic coast from the Northeastern states. Any effect should be seen later this year and next.

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4811 Bonaire Cay – Virtual Tour

Virtual Tour of 4811 Bonaire Cay.

Source: 4811 Bonaire Cay – Virtual Tour

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Beach Survey Form

This is a link to a survey about your beach experience here in Florida.  Feel free to use it and share with others.  Great tool to have.


Beach August 26 2014

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Alaqua, A No Kill Shelter

One of my passions is helping at Alaqua Animal Refuge owned by locals Laurie and Taylor Hood.  I have been assisting walking dogs on a weekly basis since 2006.  I carve out Tuesday mornings to help in a busy real estate calendar.   Alaqua is located in Freeport, FL which is a fast and growing area north of the Choctawachtee Bay in Walton County.

I love dogs!!  I guess I have always loved dogs ever since spending summers on my grandparents farm.  Grandma always had several dogs running around the farm.  One dog was named Smokey and I thought he could talk.  My Grandma would get the farm truck going down the dusty road at a good clip and would start saying “I love you” to the dog.  Not long after the trip started, Smokey would sound like he was saying “I love you”.  I was amazed and fell in love with dogs on that day.  

Now older, I have had 10 dogs in my life and for as much as I love them, they can also rip your heart apart.  This happened to me two years ago in 2016 when I lost two of my dogs in a short amount of time.  My heart was broken.  However, I am again a two dog owner.  They fill a void in my life.  When I need a hug, I hug them.  It automatically makes me feel better.  If I need a walk, I walk them.  They encourage me daily to be a better person.  They teach me more about love and appreciation than any human could.

If you find time to visit the Alaqua website, I would encourage you to do so and read some of the amazing stories of rescues that this organization does.  If you want to get involved, hit the Volunteer button.  They could always use more help.  If you want to donate, please do.  A $25 donation pays for food for one dog per month.  A load of hay for the horses cost $600 per load.  It is not cheap to care for these animals, so your help is appreciated.  If you are looking to adopt an animal, this is the great place to start your search.

My sweet dogs are below and were both adopted.  Adopted pets are the best.  They will be loyal to you for life.  Thank you.  Kelly

Dolly and Libby

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