Canine Ambassador Program
Guests, visitors and locals alike are in for a treat with The Henderson’s Canine Ambassador Program. As part of the resort team, Dune and Ranger, greet visitors in the Living Room, join in during picture perfect moments and attend resorts events and activities.
Dune and Ranger can be spotted playing on the grand lawn, hanging out by the fire pit or making an appearance at family movie night.
Our two four-legged friends are currently sheltering at home safely with their humans. They look forward to being able to welcome you once again. Until then, they are waiting patiently with tails wagging.
MEANING BEHIND THE NAMES
When selecting the names for our Canine Ambassadors we wanted to commemorate the history and community of Destin.
The emerald coast is well known for its sparkling emerald green waters and pristine sugar white sand beaches which are unrivaled in natural beauty.
The Destin Chamber website shares the following:
The unique sand of the beaches in the Destin area is among the whitest and most homogenous of the world.
Consisting of small quartz particles, this sand came from a process involving the Appalachian Mountains and the Apalachicola River 20,000 years ago. At the end of the last Ice Age when the world temperatures began warming and the ice caps began melting, large volumes of water were carried by the rivers to the world’s oceans. The Apalachicola River, rising in the Appalachians, carried water to the Gulf of Mexico and continues today.
This water carried the quartz particles from the rock that forms the Appalachian Mountains and deposited them in the Gulf of Mexico, just 125 miles to the east of what is now Destin. As the sea level began to rise, these quartz sands eventually formed a new shoreline. The sands today continually replenish and reach as far west as the Pensacola Pass, their final destination.
Sand dunes serve an incredible purpose in preserving the beaches along The Emerald Coast. They act as a line of defense against destructive weather and are created by wave and wind action. As the sand begins to accumulate, varied species of plants begin to grow that are adapted to the harsh beach environment and help stabilize the dunes. These plants include sea oats, the most popular and memorable beach plant along the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, beach elder, bitter panicum and Gulf bluestem.
These sand dunes absorb some of the impact of coastal storms and help prevent beach erosion, acting as storage areas that supply sand for eroded beaches. They also help to slow the process of flooding of inland areas. The sand dunes along the Gulf of Mexico are vital for coastal and inland areas during hurricane season, slowing the flooding of homes, roads, and businesses north of the beaches.
A 200-acre gem on the Emerald Coast, The Henderson Beach State Park is one of the last remaining endangered coastal scrub communities in the Florida panhandle. Pristine white sugar sand beaches and more than 6,000 feet of natural scenic shoreline border the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Natural features of the park include sand pines, scrub oaks, and dune rosemary.
The Henderson Beach State Park website states “The park was purchased in 1983 from the Henderson family estate and opened to the public in March 1991. This was the first acquisition under the Save Our Coast land conservation program initiated by Governor Bob Graham. The family wanted to protect the area's natural features and let the public enjoy the surroundings.”
The Henderson State Park ensures that visitors and locals alike will be able to enjoy the stunning and remarkable sand dunes in their natural splendor for generations to come.