An excited group of winter visitors enjoying the 2024 Welcome Back Reception at the Gulf County Welcome Center. [ Gulf County TDC ]
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Gulf County TDC celebrates return of snowbird reception

The Gulf County Tourist Development Council staff last month announced the return of the annual Welcome Back reception for snowbirds, a cherished event that resumed following a hiatus due to Hurricane Michael and the pandemic.

The Welcome Center played host to more than 100 visitors along with local businesses and numerous local nonprofit organizations, creating an atmosphere of camaraderie and community spirit.

Bayside Bakery catered the event, with music offered by Savana and Morgan Mayhann. Door prizes and raffles rounded out the event, with local businesses surprising visitors with giveaways of their own.

Visitors were able to connect with local nonprofits, allowing them to discover the various community projects and voluntourism opportunities available. 

“We are thrilled with the event’s success. The TDC is committed to cultivating meaningful connections between visitors and locals, and having our local nonprofits participate was a great way to foster that initiative”, said TDC Executive Director Silvia Williams.

The TDC staff extended their gratitude to everyone who contributed to the event’s success, making it a memorable occasion for all. 

“We look forward to future gatherings that continue to showcase Gulf County as a welcoming destination,” said Williams.

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Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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