Category Archives: Beaches

Explore the beautiful beaches of South Walton County.

Celebrate National Public Lands Day by helping clean the beach at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Sept. 27

Time: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park invites you to come help beautify the park. The summer crowds are gone but their trash is not, come out to National Public Lands Day and help clean up … Continue reading

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International Coastal Cleanup Day Saturday, September 20

Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Walton County Tourist Development Council (TDC) is hosting the 2014 International Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the following beach accesses: Van Ness Butler Jr., … Continue reading

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Free entry to Florida State Parks September 8

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service is celebrating National Literacy Month with special events at state parks. The month will be celebrated in conjunction with International Literacy Day on Monday, Sept. 8 and National Library Card Signup … Continue reading

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Take a guided tour of south Walton’s coastal dune lakes Sept. 16

Hosted by Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, Discover Roads Less Traveled eco-tours will introduce you to some very special places in Walton county. Guide: Brooke Saari, UF/IFAS Sea Grant Extension Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This educational tour will introduce participants … Continue reading

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Black skimmers successfully nest at Henderson Beach State Park

Learn about the shorebirds and see the chicks up close through a birdscope this Sat. and Sun. A pair of black skimmers have successfully nested and hatched three chicks at Henderson Beach State Park this summer. These beautiful shorebirds arrived … Continue reading

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Historical tour of Coffeen Nature Preserve Sept. 3

Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Hosted by Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, Discover Roads Less Traveled eco-tours will introduce you to some very special places in Walton county. Explore the Coffeen Nature Preserve and its history of World War II missile testing. The 220-acre … Continue reading

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Tread softly around Cnidoscolus stimulosus

Tread Softly (Cnidoscolus stimulosus) is a small herbaceous wildflower we commonly find along our sandy beaches, coastal scrubs, and sandy forest trails. If you happen to step on or brush up against one, you will not soon forget your encounter. Although … Continue reading

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What is up with all the sharks? Florida Sea Grant explains

Since the beginning of the summer, panhandle residents and visitors have been reporting numerous sharks hanging out along the sandbars near the passes, cruising between the 2nd sandbar and the beach. One visitor was even bitten; raising the question – … Continue reading

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Walton County Health Department advises on concerns of Vibrio vulnificus

Through intensive media exposure and misinformation reaching residents and visitors of Walton County, DOH-Walton wants to educate our partners and the public about Vibrio vulnificus.  Vibrio vulnificus is a bacteria commonly found in all warm brackish and salt water. Transmission … Continue reading

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Community workshop regarding beach accesses and potential change in future use of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park July 30

Date/time: July 30 at 6 p.m. – South Walton Courthouse Annex, 31 Coastal Center Blvd., Santa Rosa Beach, FL The Walton County Tourist Development Council is proposing a public beach access within Topsail Hill Preserve State Park’s western boundaries. The proposed … Continue reading

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