About our Nominee
Doug Broxson is a wonderful, devout, family oriented man. He has lived in our area since 1949 and has served in the Florida House and Senate since 2010. Doug has a big heart and helps as many people as he can, not just in politics. He goes to church regularly and helps out where he can, as well as anyone he meets. He has a wife and 4 kids, along with grandchildren, that he deeply loves. Doug loves the area we live in and enjoys going to the beach and taking his family out on a boat.
Q & A
Q: What inspired you or led you to your current career/owning your business?
Well, really, my brother John, when I came out of college was bright eyed and I had an idea that I wanted to do something in education. I got my degree in sociology and wanted to teach in school and change society. I found out that it was a pretty big task. So, as I worked on my masters as UWF, I began to get involved in his insurance real estate agency. After getting married and starting a family, I decided it was time to have some income. I liked business and the idea that you can create something through your own effort. That took off, and through a period of years making investments and watching my business, we were able to segway into politics.
I never was ambitious to be in politics. My father was a sheriff, my brother a in politics, and I saw how difficult it could really be for them and their family. I didn’t really want to expose my family to that hardship. But, I looked at what I had been given in life, as far as opportunity, and it wasn’t time to relax and put my feet up. It wasn’t time to say “hey, look at me!” It’s like I almost heard a voice that said “You’ve gotta give back”, and so I did.
I ran in 2010 and was very fortunate to be elected. I served in the House for 6 years and in 2016, I ran for senate and won. It was a very tough election. Again, it was very traumatic to my family and to myself, and probably to my opponent, which i regret. But, what we do everyday, in both my business and in my senate office, is we listen to the people and try to deal with their issues. One of the biggest issues we have right now is unemployment compensation and making sure the application is accepted by the state. Which, quite frankly, has been very challenging.
I’ve enjoyed it. It’s really great and hopefully I’ll be in there for the next 4 years. Then, I can finally put my feet up and relax. Then I’ll get to finally say I’ve done the best that I can do.
Q: How long have you lived or worked in Navarre?
I’ve been here since I got back from college in Missouri, so since 1949. I went to Evangel University.
Q: Who is the most interesting person/business owner you’ve met here in Gulf Breeze/Navarre? Who would you like to see nominated as a Face of Gulf Breeze/Navarre?
The most fascinating person I’ve ever met in business is Jimmy Eddins. He’s one of the owners of Hiles McLeod Insurance. I merged my agency with them in 1991. I had never met a person that had such consistent principles of how he saw life. He never had a bad day and he never allowed his personal life to interfere with the way he treated you. Every day you got the full measure of who he was and he’s a tremendous example of what a person that has a strong belief system, that has a sense of direction-true north, can do in business. Jimmy was very successful, but he’s retired now. He is the single greatest businessman I’ve ever met.
The other person is Quint Studer. He chose the Pensacola area to share his talent. It fascinates me that he can think as broadly as he can and the people around him can put it in play. I tell him he’s an alien that landed here.
Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people starting their own business?
Tend to your knitting. Concentrate on what you do, and keep your eyes on what you do. There’s always greener grass on the other side of the fence. If you go over it and meddle in what’s there, you’re gonna lose your call to your business. Stay with your calling.
Q: What current/former local business makes you the most nostalgic about (or what is most iconic in) Gulf Breeze/Navarre?
Alan Davis Sea Shell Shop. Alan worked there until he was almost 100 years old and he was an icon. He had a very close relationship with the Seminole Indians in South Florida. Each Summer, he would bring the chief of the tribe to set up something there at his shop, as a rendition of the Seminole tribe of South Florida.
Q: Where do you see yourself (and your career/business) in 5 or 10 years?
Hopefully alive. We have an exit plan. We want to be kind to people that come into our lives that may not have been as fortunate as we have been and take care of our family. I also want to make sure we help the people we go to church with and take care whatever their needs are and just enjoy life.
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Gulf Breeze/Navarre, and what do you love there? (What is your favorite dish, and where do you get it?)
The one that we love the most was Aegean Breeze. They’re closed though. The guy that ran it for years passed away. We loved it though, we thought the food was phenomenal. We don’t really go out much now, but I do love Outback Steakhouse.
Q: What is your favorite movie OR what is the first movie you remember seeing in a theater?
The first movie I ever saw was The Ten Commandments. We walked from our elementary school to the theater. It was the first movie I ever saw in my life.
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
I really don’t have a bucket list. I believe as you move to the next step, you see what’s in your path. So, we just walk the way we’re supposed to every day and the opportunities come and we just travel or if it’s something important we do it. I only had a bucket list up until about 40 and I played a lot of softball and traveled the country. That was really the greatest. I got to extend my adolescence for about 20 years. After that, I had to go to work, and that’s what we’re doing now.
Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about Gulf Breeze/Navarre?
I think in you live in this area, you’ve got to appreciate the water. We love the water, our kids love the water, and we spend a lot of time at the beach and boating. I believe that’s the difference between living in Gulf Breeze vs. Pensacola, you have such direct access on both sides to both the Sound and Pensacola Bay.
Q: Choosing anyone, with whom would you love to have lunch? Why?
That’s a great question. I would like to talk to King David. He wrote most of Psalms and a lot of it is very difficult to listen to because of what he was going through as king. Even with the challenges, he kept finding light. He kept seeing the best side of life and his purpose from God. He worked through it and gave everything he had. At the end of his term-he knew it, God shared with him that he was getting close to the end-he was able to give a report that he did the best he could. I’d like to know why God favored him.
Q: What is your favorite music or 3 bands that you would love to see live?
My favorite non-religious song is True Grit and Glenn Campbell sang it. It’s just one of the best songs I’ve ever heard. It hits me about life. There’s a song that Steve Brock sings, called I Will Praise Him. There’s a phrase in it that says “I can work with those who praise me.” and I love that expression. If you just praise God, he can work with you.
Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
Probably that I’m a very quiet person. I like to meditate and be alone a lot. It’s difficult be a private person in politics though. I’m a lot more private on my thinking.
Q: What 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
Hope, peace, and serenity.
Q: If you were cast into a major motion picture and had your choice of anyone to be your co-star, who would you choose?
The guy that played Christ in The Passion of the Christ and he was also in Person of Interest. He had some really unique experiences when he was filming the Passion. His name is Jim Caviezel.
Q: If you had a full-time staff member that was fully paid for, who would you choose? Chef, Housekeeper, Driver, Coach, Physical Fitness Trainer, or Nanny?
I would choose a chef. My wife is a phenomenal cook though. She is the best of the best.
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