Upcoming Events

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Saturday and Sunday Farmers markets

tomatoesSeaside Amphitheater – Saturday, Market Shops Sandestin Sunday
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Come and reap the benefits of purchasing locally grown food as local farmers and vendors offer their wares. Fresh eggs, vegetables and fruit, honey, breads, cookies, cheeses, milk, organic chickens and broth, handmade jewelry, soaps and more. Buying locally grown food benefits you and our community. ::MAP::

Rosemary Beach Barrett Square – Sunday
Reap fresh produce and more from local farmers on Thursdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Rosemary Beach. Market located on N. Barrett Square.

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Americana music under the stars at Topsail every Thursday

luckymudTime: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is hosting a musical event on Thursdays. Americana Under the Stars, a new weekly concert series will showcase singer/songwriters from across the country.

Admission to the park is free and there is a suggested $5 donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Enter through the main park entrance off of 30-A and park in the day use parking area, from there it is a short hike down to the amphitheater. Bring a chair, your favorite beverage and enjoy some music in the park. This is family/ pet friendly and fun for all ages.
April 28 – Lucky Mud (Econfina, FL)
May 5 – Frank Lindamood (Sopchoppy, FL)
May 12 – Brian Smalley (Winter Park, FL)
May 19 – Lucky Mud (Econfina, FL)
May 26 – Elaine Mahon (Gainesville, FL)
June 2 – Bing Futch (Orlando, FL)

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330 ::MAP::
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Kids Club at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park every Tuesday and Thursday

kidsclubTime: 10-11:30 a.m.

Kids can enjoy a variety of activities at the Topsail Hill Preserve State Park clubhouse.

Enter the park through the main gate and park staff will direct you to the clubhouse. There is a $6.00 state park entry fee.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330 ::MAP::

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Learn about plants and wildlife at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park April 27

grasspinkDate/time: Wed., April. 27 from 9 – 10 a.m.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park invites you to enjoy an informational program about the plants and wildlife that we share the park with.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330 ::MAP::

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Historical tour and hike of Coffeen Nature Preserve April 30

 Time: 9:30 -11:30 a.m.

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) of Northwest Florida State College announces the spring session of its award winning eco-tourism initiative, Discover Roads Less Traveled: Eco-Adventures of Walton County.

Led by local experts and professional naturalists, Discover Roads Less Traveled offers visitors and local residents opportunities to explore, discover and experience the diverse natural resources that make Walton County so unique.

The eco-adventure schedule offers a range of activities for both tourists and locals alike. For more information about the 2016 spring eco-adventure schedule, including individual tour descriptions, please visit www.basinalliance.org and click the “Eco-Tours” link. Registration is available by phone at 850-200-4160, or walk-in at the South Walton Campus of Northwest Florida State College, 109 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459.

Explore the Coffeen Nature Preserve and its history of World War II missile testing. The 220-acre Nature Preserve is owned by the Coffeen Land Trust, a local environmental non-profit organization dedicated to preserving it “as a place of peace and quiet and a haven for all God’s creatures.” Its history however is far from quiet. It was used as a secret missile test site by the Army Air Force during World War II. Hundreds of JB-2 “Buzz Bombs,” (the first pilotless, jet propelled missiles) were launched from the dunes into the Gulf of Mexico.

Join Susan Paladini, the Resident Manager, and explore the site where America’s strategic missile program began. You will view the original military photographs inside the “mess hall” and learn about the generous gift of the founder, the late Dorothy Coffeen.

This will be followed by a hike of approximately 1½ miles around the property, which will include walking along two original missile launch ramps, stepping down into concrete launch bunkers and viewing other military buildings. Enjoy the natural beauty of the Preserve and Fuller Lake. This is the most western of Walton County’s globally rare and imperiled coastal dune lakes.

Participants are encouraged to wear a hat, sunscreen and insect repellant and to bring bottled water. Closed-toed or other suitable walking shoes are a must.

Space is limited to 16 participants. Minimum of 2 required. Location: Coffeen Nature Preserve, Santa Rosa Beach. Fee: $20. Course ID# XCE 6201, course reference #20206.

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Stargazing at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park April 30

starsDate/time: Sat., April 30 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Join the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association for Topsail under the Stars event. Come to Topsail and visit with local astronomers to learn about the stars and constellations above Topsail Hill Preserve. Enter the park through the main gate and park staff will direct you where to go, there is a $6.00 state park entry fee.

Outside tours cancelled during severe weather.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330 ::MAP::

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Historical tour and hike of Coffeen Nature Preserve May 4

 Time: 9:30 -11:30 a.m.

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) of Northwest Florida State College announces the spring session of its award winning eco-tourism initiative, Discover Roads Less Traveled: Eco-Adventures of Walton County.

Led by local experts and professional naturalists, Discover Roads Less Traveled offers visitors and local residents opportunities to explore, discover and experience the diverse natural resources that make Walton County so unique.

The eco-adventure schedule offers a range of activities for both tourists and locals alike. For more information about the 2016 spring eco-adventure schedule, including individual tour descriptions, please visit www.basinalliance.org and click the “Eco-Tours” link. Registration is available by phone at 850-200-4160, or walk-in at the South Walton Campus of Northwest Florida State College, 109 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459.

Explore the Coffeen Nature Preserve and its history of World War II missile testing. The 220-acre Nature Preserve is owned by the Coffeen Land Trust, a local environmental non-profit organization dedicated to preserving it “as a place of peace and quiet and a haven for all God’s creatures.” Its history however is far from quiet. It was used as a secret missile test site by the Army Air Force during World War II. Hundreds of JB-2 “Buzz Bombs,” (the first pilotless, jet propelled missiles) were launched from the dunes into the Gulf of Mexico.

Join Susan Paladini, the Resident Manager, and explore the site where America’s strategic missile program began. You will view the original military photographs inside the “mess hall” and learn about the generous gift of the founder, the late Dorothy Coffeen.

This will be followed by a hike of approximately 1½ miles around the property, which will include walking along two original missile launch ramps, stepping down into concrete launch bunkers and viewing other military buildings. Enjoy the natural beauty of the Preserve and Fuller Lake. This is the most western of Walton County’s globally rare and imperiled coastal dune lakes.

Participants are encouraged to wear a hat, sunscreen and insect repellant and to bring bottled water. Closed-toed or other suitable walking shoes are a must.

Space is limited to 16 participants. Minimum of 2 required. Location: Coffeen Nature Preserve, Santa Rosa Beach. Fee: $20. Course ID# XCE 6201, course reference #21350

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Hydrangea growing lecture in Grayton Beach May 4

masterlogoHydrangeas are the perfect shrub for the southern garden.  There are many cultivars and varieties you may not know.  Find out what they are and how to grow them.  Let’s move beyond the mopheads and consider these new types.

Andrea Schnapp, Walton County Master Gardener, will describe the care and feeding of hydrangeas, plus how and where to choose the “new plants on the block.” This event will be held on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at the UF/IFAS Walton Extension Coastal Branch.  It is located at 70 Logan Lane (runs west off CR 283 just north of the 4-way stop) in Grayton Beach.  The program will be at 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

The program is free of charge and open to the public, however, seating is limited.  Please contact Cheryl at 850-892-8172 or [email protected]  by the Monday before to reserve your place.  Light refreshments will be served and Master Gardeners will be on hand to take gardening questions.  Master Gardeners are at this location every Wednesday from 9:00 AM until noon, please call 850-231-0246 or come by. This is a service of the University of Florida/IFAS Extension and Walton County.

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Choctawhatchee Audubon Society showing coastal dune lake film May 5

CAScolorlogoThe Choctawhatchee Audubon Society will host a showing of a short film on Florida’s Coastal Dune Lakes on the Northwest Florida State College campus on Thursday May 5, 2016. Award winning filmmaker, Elam Stoltzfus, has provided a stunning view of the scenery, ecology, and importance of 15 lakes that are extraordinary features of the panhandle’s coast. While the lakes are not unique, similar systems are found in only a few other places around the world.

Professor Jon Bryan, chair of the Science Department, will be on hand to discuss the lakes’ geology. Ms. Brandy Foley of the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance will describe the pivotal role that CBA has taken in ensuring the preservation of the lakes’ ecological integrity.

The meeting will be held at the College Science Bldg (350) room 110 with socializing at 6:30 p.m. and the program at 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Contact Dr. Don Baltz for more information at 225 252-2760, or email Don at [email protected].

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Professional Firefighters of Walton County Local 4413 hosting benefit golf tournament May 6

IAFFautismlogoCome join the Professional Firefighters of Walton County Local 4413 at its Annual Autism Awareness Golf Tournament. The tournament will begin at 1:30 pm sharp on Friday May 6, 2016 at the Blackstone Golf Course in Mossy Head.

The event will showcase Autism Awareness for the month of April with all proceeds going to the ARC of Walton County. Entry fees of $75 per person will be necessary to play. Teams will be paired in four person groups playing for best ball. Door prizes will be given and raffle tickets sold for additional prizes.

Donations and sponsorships for each hole on the golf course are still being accepted at $100, if anyone would like to donate funds. Come join Local 4413 and show your support, which could effectively change a child’s life. Local 4413 would like to thank the community for all its continued support. If you have any further questions, please feel free to call our Fundraising Coordinator Mr. Tom Palmer at (850)-419-3390 or email [email protected]

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Lionfish tournament in Destin May 7

lionfishspearedDiscovery Dive World is hosting their annual Lionfish Derby on Sat., May 7. Co-Hosted by charter Under Pressure, weigh-ins will be at Legendary Marina in Destin. Dinner buffet will be available after at Lulu’s (right down the dock).

$1,000 Cash Prize to the team winner in four (4) categories: Team, Individual, Active Duty, Biggest Lionfish. Random drawings for prizes to every shooter that harvests at least one Lionfish for weigh-in.

Entry Fee: $25. The first 20 to enter will receive a $35 Lionfish Pole Spear and a tournament T-shirt (T-shirt entry deadline is April 15).

Mandatory Captains Meeting: Fri, May 6, 6:00 pm at Discovery Dive World, 92 S. John Sims Pkwy, Valparaiso, FL 32580. Tel.: 850-678-5001.

Print your Entry Form. Or you may register online, Call (850) 678-5001, or stop by Discovery Dive World. Print your Lionfish Derby Overview Rules. Bonus: Make Your Own Lionfish Keeper (cheap!)

BACKUP WEATHER PLAN: Sunday, May 8.

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Movie night at the Lakeyard in DeFuniak Springs May 13

toothlessThe Special Events Committee of the City of DeFuniak Springs will sponsor May Movie Night on Friday evening, May 13, 2016, at the amphitheatre in the Lakeyard on Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs. The event will be from  7:30 – 10 p.m.

The featured film will be How To Train Your Dragon, the Dreamworks production released in 2010 to rave reviews, huge audiences and multiple award nominations. This PG-rated, American produced film is a 3D animated action film featuring the well known actors, Gerard Butler and America Ferrera, along with a host of delightful dragons and Vikings. They all live in a mythical Viking world where dragons are real and life is fantastic – literally!

The film will be shown free of charge on the big screen beginning at around sunset. Everyone is invited to come downtown early to enjoy the beauty of Lake DeFuniak and partake of excellent street food fare provided by Neighbors Kitchen. There will be a drawing for special prizes and chances to win will be given with each food purchase.

The amphitheatre has recently been outfitted with new seating and attendees will enjoy the added comfort. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the community center on N. Tenth Street – same date, same time, same movie, same fun!

As always, this event is provided free of charge through the efforts of the City of DeFuniak Springs and the Special Events Committee. For further information, contact city hall at 850-892-8500.

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Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach May 13, 14, 15

digitalgraffitiDigital Graffiti at Alys Beach is a one-of-a-kind projection art festival where artists use the latest digital technologies to project their original works onto the iconic white walls of Alys Beach.

Sometimes referred to as “Photon Bombing,” “Guerilla Projection” or “Urban Projection,” underground artists around the globe have been using the latest design, animation and projection technologies for many years to cast dynamic images onto skyscrapers and other urban structures as a means of artistic expression. Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach is a festival geared towards bringing these artists together in one place to celebrate and showcase their unique talents.

Each year, the festival attracts digital artists, filmmakers, musicians, interactive designers, photographers, VJs, producers, celebrities, agency executives and fans of art, technology and architecture. Thousands of dollars in cash prizes are awarded to artists, with digital submissions being received from as far away as Israel, Austria, Canada, Germany, London, India, France, Italy and China. Click here to view a complete list of previous Digital Graffiti winners.

The 2016 Digital Graffiti Festival will be held May 13-15. Be sure to ‘like’ Digital Graffiti on Facebook for up to date information. For more information, please email [email protected] or call 850-213-5500.

DG2016 Schedule
Friday, May 13, 2016 | Curator’s Tour | 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Experience an intimate tour of brilliant artwork from DG2016 artists, with emphasis on select pieces as chosen by Curator Brett Phares. Local eateries including Bud & Alley’s, Caliza, George’s at Alys Beach, and more, will offer their culinary creations alongside the incredible works of art.
Saturday, May 14, 2016 | DG2016 Festival | 6:00 p.m. to midnight

Kick off the festival with a complimentary cocktail, music, and the announcement of the DG2016 winners at the Emerald Coast Lounge. The official Digital Graffiti 2016 Festival opens at 8 p.m. with spectacular projections from 20 artists from all over the world. Walk through the Alys Beach pedestrian paths and take in the incredible digital art projected upon Alys Beach’s stark white architecture. Food and drink available for purchase. Following the festival, head to Caliza for the official after party (21+) and dance under the stars to DJ Harry.
strong>Sunday, May 15, 2016 | Brunch | 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Enjoy a strolling brunch with the DG2016 artists and judges complete with mimosas, bloody marys, biscuit bar, and lively discussion.

Click here for tickets and more information.

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Walton County hosting fixed price sale at County Landfill May 14

walton-county-logoIn an effort to rid the county of surplus items and free up space in county facilities, Walton County will be hosting a fixed price yard sale on Saturday, May 14th, from 7 am to 11 am at the County Landfill located north of DeFuniak Springs off Highway 83 North.

The fixed price sale will include furniture, computers, monitors, collectibles, antiques, beach equipment, sporting goods, tools and construction items and much more.

Items that will be sold at the yard sale include items that the county has surplused that are no longer used or needed by the County, as well as items that are collected through the County’s recycling program at the landfill.

The landfill gates will open at 6:30 am to facilitate parking, however entrance to the sale will not be allowed until 7 am.

The following rules will be in place for this event:

  • The County will not be holding a pre-sale viewing.
    • Items must be paid for with Cash or local check.
    • All items will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.
    • All items are priced as marked and will not be negotiated.
    • All items are purchased as is and contain no County liability or warranty.
    • All purchased items must be removed from the grounds following purchase. (Assistance with loading will be provided)
    • All sales will be final.
    • All items must be paid for at time of sale and cannot be held.
    • Stockpiling of merchandise will not be permitted.

In addition to the County’s ongoing public auction program, these fixed price sales give the County an additional to opportunity to offer their surplus items to the public for purchase.

If you should have any questions, please contact the County’s Public Information Department at 850-951-7101.

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Kayak/canoe instructor course at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park May 16-19

The Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network is hosting an American Canoe Association L1 Kayak and L1 Canoe Instructor Course. If you have the desire to teach young people safe and proper techniques in kayaking or canoeing then this course is for you.

This course is extremely hands on and requires entering and exiting a kayak or canoe unassissted after a capsize. After the successful completion of this course you will have access to borrow FYCCN boats and equipment for your very own paddling programs.

For more information or to register for this class, please call Chasen Yarborough at (850) 661-5504.

When: May 16th – 19th
Where: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, FL. 32459
Cost: $250.00 for L1 Kayak / Plus $40.00 ACA Membership
$250.00 for L1 Canoe / Plus $40.00 ACA Membership

FYCCN: www.fyccn.org
American Canoe Association: https://aca.site-ym.com/

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Old Nick’s Redfish Tournament May 21, 2016

Redfish Tournament Marketing Image - 2016Nick’s Seafood Restaurant will be hosting their 11th Annual Redfish Roundup tournament on Sat., May 21, 2016.  The tournament is brought to you by Treylermade Tournaments in a partnership with Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance.

Payout: $12,000.00 in cash and prizes. Prize money: 1st-$5,000.00, 2nd-$2,000.00, 3rd-$1,500.00, 4th-$1,250.00, 5th -$750.00. Mystery Weight: $500, Spots Division: $500, Smallest 2: $500. Payout is based on a 50 team participation.

Note to anglers: Nicks Boat Ramp in Basin Bayou might be too shallow for
some vessels to enter into the Choctawhatchee Bay.
Anglers may need to seek other launching destinations.

All contestants must be registered by 7 p.m. on Friday, May 20. Click here to download tournament rules and entry form: 2016 Redfish Brochure

Call Trey Nick for more details at (850) 835-2222 or (850) 830-6161.

Entry Fee: $210.00 Per Two-Person Team ($10 goes to Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance).

ALL CONTESTANTS MUST BE REGISTERED BY 7:00 PM CT FRIDAY May 20, 2016. All Times referenced is Central Standard Time (CST).

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Emerald Coast Beach Bash Wiffle Ball Tournament May 21

whiffleballThe inaugural Emerald Coast Beach Bash Wiffle Ball Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, May 21, 2016, at Helen McCall Park in Santa Rosa Beach. This one-day tournament will benefit the Food for Thought organization, which is fighting childhood hunger by providing students with weekly access to food-packed backpacks and in-school pantries.

The tournament will start at 9 a.m. and the cost is $20 per player. Teams consist of 4- players each and games last 20 minutes. Wiffle balls and bats provided.

Wiffle ball players of all skill levels, male and female, young and old, are invited to participate. Each player will receive a free wiffle ball t-shirt and there will be a free oyster-shucking and free Bruno’s pizza for all team players. Teams are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs, coolers and pop-up tents for this family friendly outdoor event.

Teams are composed of 4-to-7 players each and corporate teams are encouraged to participate.

For additional info and to sign up a team, please call Scott McKinney at (850) 502-3150 or email [email protected].

Helen McCall park is located at 325 Moll Dr, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459.

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Cirque du Rosemary Lumiere acrobatic performances on Tuesdays May – August

cirqudulumiereCirque du Rosemary: Lumiere comes to Rosemary Beach every Tuesday evening from May 31 – August 9. Lumiere is a circus under the stars featuring aerial arts and amazing acrobatics. The unique performers of Lumiere will light up the night with their fantastic performances and one-of-a-kind circus apparatuses.
Cast:
Nicole Desiree Hays: Director, Producer, Costuming, Spinning Sphere, Partner Acrobatics and Aerial
Jen Marie Morgan: Aerial Artist, Partner Acrobatics and Fire
Mayven Missbehavin: Aerial Artist, Partner Acrobatics and Fire
Amanda Stiffler: Emcee/Narrator

Date/Time:
8 p.m. -Tuesdays May 31, June 7, 14, 21, 28, July 5, 19, 26, Aug. 2, 9, 2016

Location:
Rosemary Beach, FL North on Barrett Square Green. This is a free event.

Come early for dinner or bring a picnic for the family. Bring along blankets or towels to use as show seating.

For questions about this event or information about booking please call Amanda at 850-596-4065 or Nicole at 479-461-3966.

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Choctawhatchee Catfish tournament June 3-4

Bill Stewart with his 69.8 lb. blue catfish on May 30, 2015. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

Bill Stewart with his 69.8 lb. blue catfish on May 30, 2015. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

The 4th annual Choctawhatchee Catfish Roundup will be held June 3 at 4 p.m. and ends June 4th at 12 Noon.

The tournament will be held at the Choctawhatchee River Caryville Landing on Hwy. 90.

$50 entry fee per person with 1st place – $1000, 2nd place – $500, and 3rd place – $250. $100 for the most total weight of flathead catfish, $100 1st place youth division.

For more information, contact Steve Herrington at (850) 624-9504 or Dustin Green at (850) 768-0049.

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A celebration of Coastal Dune Lakes at Grayton Beach State Park June 4

Photo of Western Lake courtesy Elam Stoltzfus.

Photo of Western Lake courtesy Elam Stoltzfus.

Walton County’s Coastal Dune Lake Advisory Board (CDLAB) will be hosting a celebration of our area Coastal Dune Lakes on Saturday, June 4, 2016. The event will be held from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Grayton Beach State Park at the boat launch parking lot.

Come join CDLAB in a day of celebration, education and activities along beautiful Western Lake. Activities include exhibits from the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center, chatting about the Coastal Dune Lake film by Elam Stoltzfus and book by Nic Stolzfus, family educational materials, complimentary paddles, Hydrobike cruises with Emerald Coast Hydrobikes, educational exhibit from Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance, Emerald Coast Plein Air painters, YOLO boards, Kickbikes 30a,  to try out and much, much more. Scenic Sotheby’s International Realty and SETCO Services will be providing hamburgers and hot dogs. Donations to the Friends of Grayton Beach State Park are appreciated.

The event is free and open to the public with park admission. Grayton Beach State Park is located on Scenic Hwy. 30A between CR283 and Seaside.

For more information, look for updates at Localon30A.com

About Coastal Dune Lakes Advisory Board:
The Coastal Dune Lakes Advisory Board is comprised of residents and partners with Walton County, to ensure the protection, health and environmental integrity of the county’s globally rare and imperiled Coastal Dune Lakes and to provide sound recommendations to the Walton County Board of Commissioners. The Coastal Dune Lakes Advisory Board monitors the watersheds and the Coastal Dune Lake Protection Zones of 15 Coastal Dune Lakes for activities that affect the environmental conservation of the lakes.

 

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