Sharon Dooley | Daily News Columnist

Crafters and artisans may enjoy a chance to help the Alaqua Animal Refuge through the third annual Alaqua Wreath Auction, facilitated by Old Florida Fish House in Seagrove Beach.

Open to the public, the auction takes place at Old Florida Fish House at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the no-kill Freeport-based facility.

Auctioneer Helen “Redd” Vizard presents 20 wreaths created by local artists, businesses and individuals specifically for this event. Some of the wreaths come packaged with bonus items and gift certificates, each going to the highest bidder.

Anyone interested in providing a wreath may contact Jill McDonald with Old Florida Fish House at 850-534-3045 or Mary Chris Murry with Alaqua Animal Refuge at 850-880-6399.

Old Florida Fish House is located at 5235 E., County Highway 30A in Santa Rosa Beach.


Sometimes locals forget what we have in our area. During our quieter seasons, when we see fewer visitors, it’s good for all of us to visit the places that made us want to live in Northwest Florida.

One such spot is the Navarre Pier, with pier volunteer Kim Hayes reminding us just what the longest pier on the Gulf contains.

“We have a restaurant — it’s called Lagerheads (on the Gulf),” Hayes said. It recently added raw oysters to the menu.

Adjusting to the winter schedule, the Navarre Pier has set its hours from dawn to half-past dark. It is located at 8579 Gulf Blvd., naturally in Navarre.

For admission fees, licensing and information, call 850-710-3721 or email [email protected]

For information about Lagerheads on the Gulf, visit its Facebook page:


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