The Gulf County Chamber of Commerce held their annual meeting in conjunction with Port St. Joe Junior Service League’s 20th Anniversary Gala on Feb. 11.

The Gulf County Chamber of Commerce held their annual meeting in conjunction with Port St. Joe Junior Service League’s 20th Anniversary Gala on Feb. 11.

The gathering, a formal event, featured live-music, food, and entertainment in the form of casino gaming.

To kick off the event Guerry Magidson, the chairman of the board, highlighted the achievements of the chamber in 2016.

The chamber has seen a 27 percent growth in membership over the past year, while retaining 99 percent of its members.

The chamber has also introduced online training for local businesses on its website, as well as producing a mobile app which will be available in the near future.

New chamber board members were also introduced. Nancy Brockman, Bill Kennedy, and Blake Rish will fill the seats of outgoing board members Matthew Birmingham, Hiram Nix, and Dwight Van Lierop.

Duren’s Piggly Wiggly won the award for the top 2016 Community Supporter, with the top volunteer honor going to Natalie Shoaf, and the New Business of the Year award going to Sand Dollar Café.