Condo Owner

Spring 2017

Condo Owner publishes information vital to the business and pleasure of resort condominium ownership. Topics covered relate to real estate market trends, community association matters, rental management issues, tax and insurance updates and more.

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S P R I N G 2 0 1 7 • condo owner 47 More information: n Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, 1204 Gulf Shores Parkway, Gulf Shores, AL (251) 968-5732, n Zoo World, 9008 Front Beach Road, Panama City, FL, (850) 230-1243, n Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge & Zoological Park, 5262 Deer Springs Dr., Crestview, FL, (850) 682-3949, n Gulf Breeze Zoo, 5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, Gulf Breeze, FL, (850) 932-2229, n Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, 1010 Miracle Strip Parkway SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL, (850) 243-9046, Beach (not open to the public) and a zoo in Crestview. "The same staff works at both facilities, so we have much overlap in what we do," said assistant director Hodge Cherry. "At the rehab facility, we rescue and rehabilitate orphaned and injured wildlife indigenous to Northwest Florida. Our staff is on duty 24-hours a day, seven days a week, to assist local and state agencies in managing wildlife. We work with local governments, private businesses, and individuals to protect our native habitats and the wildlife that live here." Most of the 80-some local and exotic animals that live at the zoological park in Crestview have backstories, Cherry said. "It's more sanctuary than zoo. Most of the animals have been rescued from neglect or some kind of abuse. The zoo itself was a rescue. We purchased an old zoo that was run down and in kind of bad shape, and we've really tried to turn it around. The animals are healthy and happy; we regularly do enrichments for them. We may be small, but we strive to meet big zoo standards and offer what the public expects, like keeper chats and a petting zoo." All the zookeepers stressed the importance of keeping their animals healthy and well cared for. "Why would we not?" Hogan asked. "We love our animals. However, I always encourage people to talk to the zookeepers if they have concerns. For example, we use a system called Lixit, like you would use in a hamster cage only larger, which provides continuous access to fresh, clean water. But it's not something you can see, like a water dish—which would get spilled and soiled several times a day. So we get questions about that, and we're happy to explain. We always enjoy talking about our animals. That's why we're here." n AFPS is a full-service life safety company specializing in the installation, inspection and maintenance of: • Fire alarms • Fire sprinklers • Fire extinguishers • Security and surveillance systems • Special hazard systems •Alarm monitoring 28 YEARS OF LIFE SAFETY EXPERIENCE SERVICING THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE 24/7/365 SERVICE Lic.#: EF0000775, EF20000408, CGC28802 Call or visit our website for more information about our services and products. Fort Walton Beach: 850.244.2026 Panama City Beach: 850.236.0620 WE SAVE LIVES Advanced Fire Protection Services, Inc. Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

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