BUZ LIVINGSTON: Fine day for a wedding — and remembering

Published: Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 05:25 PM.

Our own Chris Alvarado just won a songwriter’s contest in Austin, Texas, the live music capital of the world. To paraphrase Joe Biden, this is a big deal. The TDC spends millions of dollars on out of state advertising firms. While the TDC does not totally ignore the local music scene, the TDC does miss a unique opportunity to market our area. Duke Bardwell toured with Elvis; Tim Jackson has an iPod stuffed with original tunes; Geoff McBride is a TV star, and I’ve just scratched the surface. Musicians who tour globally see Forrest Williams’ Backyard as a magical venue. 

Make a video featuring Duke, Geoff, Chris and other local musicians then use it to promote the area. No need to bring in some out of town all-star; Mike Ragsdale and Bryan Kennedy know the ropes. The TDC could advertise the South Walton music scene to tourists and keep the dollars in the local economy. 

Grayton State Park Pier:

It’s gone but will rise again. Under the guise of revenue generation, crony capitalism slinks in. The Grayton Pier would benefit construction and engineering companies but shift risk to the public since either state and/or county taxpayers would be on the hook for maintenance and operating costs. Put the capital back in capitalism, let private business build a pier.

Buz Livingston, CFP, has the only investment management firm in the entire world headquartered in Blue Mountain Beach.  He helps clients along Florida’s Emerald Coast and around the country with financial decisions.  For more information, call 850-267-1068 or visit www.livingstonfinancial.net.  Follow him on Twitter @BuzLivingston.


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