Sarah “Sam” Seevers is a current resident of Navarre, Florida. She was a long-time resident of over 45 years in Destin and a highly active citizen. In 2002 she was elected to the Destin City Council and subsequently was elected the First Female Mayor of Destin in 2010 serving four years. She returned as an interim Mayor in 2016. Currently, Sam serves on the Governor’s Commission on Community Service, Volunteer Florida. Sam is the Owner/Editor of Life’s A Beach Publications, LLC in Destin Florida since 2004.
During her time on the Destin City Council, she has served as chair for the city’s Community Redevelopment Agencies, President of the Northwest Florida League of Cities, and an executive board member for the Florida League of Cities. She was also on the Board of Directors of the Florida League of Mayors and served as the President of the Okaloosa County League of Cities.
Sam served in several State positions; she was appointed in 2015 by Governor Scott to the Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding. Governor Crist also appointed her to the Florida State Governors’ Oil Spill Task Force after the 2010 BP Oil Spill.
She has served on boards for the Destin Chamber of Commerce, Destin Rotary Club, Board of the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation, the Tourist Development Council, the Destin History and Fishing Museum and the American Cancer Society. She has also served as a Commissioner on the Okaloosa County Commission on the Status of Women. She is the former Chairman of the Okaloosa County RESTORE Advisory Committee. Sam also was a Take Stock in Children Mentor for seven years mentoring the same student throughout that time.
Sam has been the recipient of “Destin Council Member of the Year” award, the “Ann Gibson Community Service Award,” “Destin Rotarian of the Year” award and Destin Area Chamber “Volunteer of the Year” award. The Okaloosa County Commission honored her on the Status of Women as an inductee for the 2013 Okaloosa County Women’s Hall of Fame for her work throughout Okaloosa County. In 2014 she received the “Hometown Hero Award” in Destin.
Sam is married to Rick Seevers, and they have two grown children, Michael and Devin.