Fire destroys one home, damages another in Santa Rosa Beach

Multiple South Walton Fire District units assisted in the two alarm blaze in Santa Rosa Beach March 20. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

One home is a total loss and another damaged by fire in Santa Rosa Beach March 20, 2017. The fire was just west of CR83 in the Sand Castle subdivision along Scenic Highway 30A on Sandcastle Court.

The cause of the fire is yet to be determined.

One home was completely destroyed and another damaged. Photo courtesy Marilue Maris.

“The South Walton Fire District is currently assisting the State Fire Marshal in determining the cause of the fire,” said South Walton Fire District Chief Rick Talbert.

The fire is now contained. The homes were rented to vacationers and emergency services were called after a tenant saw flames coming out of back of a neighboring home.

One patient was taken to the hospital for further observation. County emergency services are assisting the renters with finding new accommodations.

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Freeport Arts and Craft Festival, Easter egg hunt April 15

easterbunnyDate/time: Sat. April 15, 2017 – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Enjoy a fun day of activities at the Annual Freeport Arts and Craft Festival and Easter Egg Hunt April 15. The event will be held at the Freeport Regional Sports Complex from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Silent auctions at the Freeport Town Planters Society booth with proceeds going to the ACS/Relay for Life.

The Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 10 a.m. Egg hunt times: special needs at 10:30 a.m., toddlers – 3 years at 11:00 a.m. Ages:  4- 7 at 12 Noon with egg drop. Ages 8 – 11 at 12:30 p.m. The Easter Bunny will parachute in about 12 Noon. Kids zone, food vendors, pony rides and family fun.

Freeport Regional Sports Complex is located in Hammock Bay, 563, Hammock Trail E, Freeport off of CR83A.

For more information contact Judy Aultman at (850) 835-1737 email – [email protected] or Donna Irwin at (850) 685-6916 email – [email protected].

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Walton County fishing report for March 16

Fishing is good

Bay: Redfish caught seem to be oversized or undersized. A few sheepshead being caught.

Shore: Spotty pompano bites.

River: River beginning to clear up north. Crappie, bream, and bass being caught.

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Bay and river report brought to you by Copeland’s. “Where the locals shop and the tourists are welcome.”

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Preschool Easter egg hunt at Coastal Branch Library April 13

Date/time: Thursday, April 13, 10 a.m.

The Santa Rosa Beach Walton County Coastal Branch Library will be hosting an Easter egg hunt and preschool story hour on Thursday, April 13 at 10 a.m. The Easter Bunny will be hopping into the Coastal Branch Library Reading Garden. Bring your favorite basket and join in the hunt. Free to the public. No reservations required.

For more information, call Shirles at 850-267-2809. Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach.

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Community egg drop in Santa Rosa Beach April 8

Date/time: Sat., April 8, 9 – 10 a.m.

Seagrove Baptist Church will be hosting an Easter Egg Drop from a helicopter on Saturday, April 8. Register to win a family season passes to Big Kahuna’s Water Park. The egg drop will include 5,000 eggs filled with candy and toys.

The event is free and will be held at Helen McCall Park, 325 Moll Drive, Santa Rosa Beach.

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Senior gardening in the Panhandle lecture in Santa Rosa Beach March 21

Date/time: Tues., March 21, 2-3 p.m.

Coastal Seniors of South Walton are hosting a lecture by Walton County horticultural extension agent, Daniel Leonard, who will speak about gardening in this area. He will answer questions you may have and provide lots of good information about gardening. All seniors (55 and up) residing in Walton County are invited to join in. Refreshments will be served.

Coastal Branch Library is located at 437 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach. For more information, email [email protected]

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