Coastal’s New Digs Offer Unique Opportunity in Seagrove
October 4, 2012 by Joyce Owen
While planning the new office space for Coastal Insurance Agency, owner Grant Blackwell decided to make it a place that was about more than just doing business.
It's turned out to be a lot more than just a pretty office he's created in the first floor of the new Lakewood Center, on the eastern edge of Seagrove Beach. It's a real gathering place; a place to have fun and do business at the same time; a place for the community.
Handling more than 1,000 closings a year and making presentations at many real estate offices, he had been in cramped, uncomfortable spaces with no place to sit. While there are some nice community rooms in South Walton, most don’t permit alcohol to be served, he says.
With the opportunity to plan his new headquarters for the business community’s needs, he looked for comfort and a bit more. It is really too grand to describe it as a meeting room. The large area includes comfortable seating, a bar and a display kitchen with all the latest gadgets perfect for a cooking demonstration.
He proposes to offer the plush, well-appointed space to business owners looking for an upscale spot to host cocktail parties, sales meetings and events.
“We’ll do parties,” he says.
Grant moved to Destin in 1999 to live at the beach, but also to provide a much-needed service, an insurance agency that specialized in property insurance. Grant and his family now call Grayton Beach home, and he's always been focused on community.
Coastal Insurance will soon sport a few promotional products in its new headquarters, featuring the SoWal.com logo and an area video produced by the website's staff, that features community scenes to play at his new office.
"We really look forward to partnering with SoWal.com," says Grant. "It's a brand everyone knows and a site that's always been the heart of the community."
In 2000, Grant started Coastal Insurance in Destin. He relocated his offices to Southern Shores in South Walton in 2010 and moved down the street to the Lakewood Center at the corner of 30A and Lakewood Drive in September.
In the last 12 years, he has proved to be the go-to guy for residential and commercial property insurance needs. He says there’s nothing his agency can’t insure; it’s all about the cost. Twice he has been named FEMA National Flood Insurance Agent.
“I'm on a first name basis with every insurance company President that our agency represents,” he says.
There are only 48 admitted insurance companies writing business in Florida and only about a dozen are writing new business in the panhandle. But knowing the market, having a firm grasp on the product his company offers, and working with real estate agents is the key to growing his successful agency that insures more than 10,000 properties from Pensacola to Apalachicola. He also has agents in Fort Walton Beach and Tampa, and an office in Tampa as he expands to that area.
Stop in the new Lakewood Center on the eastern edge of Seagrove Beach and say hello to Grant and the staff at Coastal Insurance. They're on the first floor at 5410 Scenic 30A.