Mel wants residents and visitors to Destin to experience a family atmosphere, a place where families are refreshed and reconnected to one another. He says, "We should think of ourselves as the Destin family and make decisions that will be good for the family and not just the individual. New business and development should line up with the city's vision and return a yield on the community. Our focus should be family and what affects the family affects the city. Destin should be an example to other communities that when we work together, nothing is impossible."