A TALE OF TWO WINE FESTIVALS: The story behind the ‘divorce'

Published: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 03:00 PM.

Upon learning there may be a potential problem, Tom Becnel assigned Kitty Whitney, a board member for the Baytowne association and executive director of Sandestin Real Estate, to the task of rearranging the weekend schedule to find room to accommodate everyone’s needs. Within a few days, she returned to Cox with news that the festival could have its weekend and that it could expand to the Baytowne Marina.

But the decision had already been made and two events were set, one on the third weekend at Baytowne and one on the fourth at Grand Boulevard.

“We’re splitting the baby,” Whitney said.


A tale of two festivals

In the split, Cox took with him the wine distributors. Sandestin kept its venue and corps of staff. And though things will be different, both parties seem positive going forward.

“They’ve added some components, we’ve added some components,” said Whitney. “We’re going to make two cool events.”

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