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Florida Green Lodging Program
The Florida Green Lodging Program was established in 2004 by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection with the intent of recognizing and rewarding environmentally conscientious lodging facilities in the state.  Through this program DEP encourages the lodging industry to conserve and protect Florida's natural resources.  This Program is unique in that it covers an all-inclusive list of environmental initiatives that are specific to Florida's environment.
VB Hospitality Management recognizes this need and is demonstrating a commitment to proactive environmental protection and conservation by partnering with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and becoming an active member in the Florida Green Lodging Program.  When visiting our properties you may also help us in our efforts to conserve valuable resources through our towel and linen reuse program.  Some of Our Best Management Practices include:
* Water Conservation

* Energy Efficiency

* Waste reduction

* Clean Air Practices

* Communication-Our Environmental Self-Assessment and Planning Checklist is available upon request.

Let's work together for a better tomorrow!
The Management & Staff
VB Hospitality Management

Awards, Press Releases, & Testimonials

Awards 2011/2012


Most Improved Department

Holiday Inn Resort- Housekeeping


Most Improved Department

Fairfield Inn & Suites- Front Desk


Most Improved Department

Fairfield Inn & Suites- Ligaya Jinks


Manager of the Year

Holiday Inn Resort- Evelyn Blackwell


Vendor- Support Above & Beyond

Francis Dunmyer


Press Releases


Fairfield Inn associates show off their bed-making skills in contest

Angel McCurdy
Northwest Florida Daily News

SHALIMAR — Tuck the corners, place the pillow in the center and watch for neatness.

Those were just some of the rules about 20 associates at Fairfield Inn & Suites Marriott had to remember as they competed in the hotel’s first bed-making contest Thursday morning as part of Associate Appreciation Week.

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Grand Opening- Fairfield Inn & Suites Fort Walton Beach-Eglin AFB

March 6, 2006, Shalimar- Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites- Fort Walton Beach/Eglin AFB, announces its opening, set for Wednesday, March 8, 2006.  The 92 room hotel features 21 business suites and is located approximately 1 mile from Eglin’s main gate.  The hotel is also prominently located only 4 miles from the Okaloosa Air Terminal.

The property will feature free high speed, secured internet service, complimentary continental breakfast, free HBO, business library, complimentary in-room coffee, guest laundry facility, fitness room, conference room, reception area and poolside patio deck, heated pool, whirlpool/hot tub.

This property has been built for and with the business traveler in mind, focusing on military and defense contractors who come to and from our area.  This interior corridor property is four stories and is nestled quietly in the business district of downtown Shalimar, Florida.

The Marriott hotel corporation has a proven record of innovation and leadership in business, government and industry travel.  The Marriott Fairfield Inn in Shalimar will join the ranks of over 2800 Marriott hotels around the world upon its opening on March 8.  Area government, defense, and business leaders are invited and encouraged to stop by to view the property or contact the hotel directly at 651-9999 for answers to any questions.

The hotel is located at the last and most northerly intersection in Shalimar, 12th Avenue and Eglin Parkway (1280 Eglin Parkway N., Shalimar, Florida 32579).  The fax number is 850-651-9991.  Reservations can be made at 1-800-228-2800.  The website is




Contact: Patti-Jean Demski



Town of Shalimar passes ordinance to add new category to list of occupational licenses

April 25, 2006, Shalimar- Attorney Vince Bruner celebrated the opening of his ninety-two room corporate hotel with a ribbon cutting ceremony and Open House.  Located at 1280 Eglin Parkway North, the Fairfield Inn & Suites Fort Walton Beach-Eglin AFB, is the first hotel to be built in the  Town of Shalimar, requiring an ordinance to add a new hotel category to the list of occupational licenses offered to new businesses who wish to operate in the town. 

Shalimar’s Town Manager, Tom Burns, was honored to participate in the ceremonies, and Mr. Bruner’s appreciation was equally apparent as he introduced him.  “Tom has played an important role in the successful opening of this hotel and we will be forever grateful to him.”  As he handed him the scissors he added, “Please help us welcome our guests by cutting this ribbon.”    

Mayor Gary Combs, also in attendance at the Open House, presented Mr. Bruner with a plaque for the hotel and announced, “The Town of Shalimar is pleased to present Vince Bruner, owner of the Fairfield Inn & Suites, with our very first hotel occupational license.”

This beautiful new Marriott property opened on March 8, 2006 and is located one mile from Eglin Air Force Base and four miles from the Fort Walton Beach-Okaloosa Regional Airport.  The hotel offers guests convenient access to the Okaloosa County Courthouse, local universities, and the sandy white beaches of the EmeraldCoast, with Special Introductory Rates that beckon you to experience affordable comfort.

A complimentary breakfast buffet is available each morning and features Douwe Egberts coffee.  Other hotel amenities include free high-speed internet, fax and copy service, a heated outdoor swimming pool with whirlpool spa, valet laundry service, and fitness center.  The hotel also offers a conference room to accommodate meetings of up to thirty people.

Business and government travelers alike will appreciate Marriott’s new, more luxurious bedding, which features plusher mattresses, custom comforters, crisp linens, fluffier pillows, and a new, fresh, white look. 

As Shalimar welcomes the Fairfield Inn & Suites to its business district, long-time residents reminisce about the history surrounding this parcel of land.  Roger Clary, former owner of the 1940’s Shalimar Club, which hosted many well-known acts such as the Glen Miller Band and Guy Lombardo, and welcomed actors Andy Griffith and Gregory Peck, once owned a house on the same property that is now the site of this hotel.  Shalimar’s first hotel really is a home-away-from-home!   

You may call the Fairfield Inn & Suites Fort Walton Beach-Eglin AFB hotel directly at 850-651-9999 for reservations, toll-free at 1-800-228-2800, or you may visit their web site at  

Vince Bruner is a lifelong resident of OkaloosaCounty and Fort Walton Beach.  He is the son of former School Superintendent Max Bruner and a former state senator (1988-1992).  Besides owning the Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites, Vince also owns the Holiday Inn SunSpree, a 195 unit resort property on OkaloosaIsland.  He maintains a very active personal injury law practice, with offices in Fort Walton Beach and Panama City.  He has been a member of the Florida Bar for the last 23 years and has previously served as the city attorney in Fort Walton Beach, Valparaiso, and was an assistant state attorney under Curtis Golden.

Vince is married to Gae Bruner, of Crestview, Florida, and they have four children; Drew-18, Vincent-17, Peggy-13 and Jack-8.




Gulf Coast Post Pennies for Push Ups


“Pennies For Push-Ups” benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project

October 31, 2011, Shalimar- Marriott’s award winning Fairfield Inn & Suites Fort Walton Beach-Eglin AFB is hosting a benefit for our brave servicemen and women wounded in action.  We’re raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project through a physical challenge.   It’s PENNIES FOR PUSH-UPS !!


Where:         Fairfield Inn & Suites

                    1280 Eglin Pkwy N

                    Shalimar, FL 32579

When:          7am;  November 7, 2011


This event needs participants and sponsors.  If you can’t do the push-ups, maybe you could sponsor someone else’s participation.

Anyone up to the challenge can bring someone to pledge a Penny per Push-Up done by them at the event;   7am on Nov 7th.

If unable to attend the live event, the participant may simply have a friend verify that they’ve done the Push-Ups, collect the sponsorship donation and drop it by the hotel.

Learn more about the Wounded Warrior Project by visiting

The hotel is located at the last and most northerly intersection in Shalimar, 12th Avenue and Eglin Parkway (1280 Eglin Parkway N., Shalimar, Florida 32579).  The fax number is 850-651-9991.  For reservations, call 1-800-MARRIOTT or call the hotel directly at (850) 651-9999.  The website is



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