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Want to help save the turtles?

Decal purchase helps fund research and conservation The Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii) is the smallest and most endangered sea turtle in the world.  Weighing only around 100 pounds, the grayish-green shell, or carapace (24 to 28 inches in length), is rounder than other sea turtle species in Florida.  The Kemp’s ridley is named for the Key West fisherman, Richard M. Kemp, who provided the first specimen to be identified in 1906.  While each year there are a few Kemp’s ridley...

Murals bring 30A to life in a myriad of color

Art Miles Mural Project a worthy vision South Walton’s Scenic 30A has come alive in color with murals in celebration of the Art Miles Mural Project. From Alys Beach to WaterColor, you can view the colorful artwork on display. The mural project, along with a variety of activities, are available for the pubic in celebration this week. About Art Miles Mural Project Over 50,000 individuals from over 125 countries have painted in villages, towns, cities, and at World Heritage locations...

Topsail Hill Preserve hosts hike

Step Up Florida! fitness walk Sat, March 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Description: The Department of Environmental Protection’s Topsail Hill Preserve State Park will be hosting Step Up, Florida! Campbell Lake Hike that will be a fitness walk. Visitors will be guided down the paved tram path onto a semi-compact dirt trail that leads to a pristine coastal dune lake for a 3.5 mile hike where park rangers will discuss coastal dune lakes. Please wear good shoes, sunscreen...

South Walton lifeguards starting new season

Eight regional beach accesses will have lifeguards starting March 7 A new season is about to begin for 2009. Starting March 7, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. lifeguards will be present at eight regional beach accesses: Inlet Beach, Santa Clara, Van Ness Butler Jr., Blue Mountain, Gulf View Heights, Ed Walline, Dune Allen and Miramar Beach public beach accesses. South Walton Fire District and Beaches of South Walton Tourist Development Council are hosting an induction ceremony for the lifeguards...

Beach wrack full of curiosities

That bunch of seaweed on the beach teems with life When walking the beach this spring break, pause and ponder the virtues of stranded seaweed. Those scattered clumps along the high-tide line actually have a name – beach wrack – and are a pivotal part of the beach ecosystem. “Many might think sand makes a beach, but it’s the wrack that truly brings a beach to life,” said Blair Witherington, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologist who...

There is great fishing at your local beach access

Springtime is here – It’s time to dust off those sand flea rakes and hit the beach Surf fishing can be extremely productive in spring.  It’s also a great time to sample the amazing variety of game fish that migrate through our waters.  Lucky for us, these species are rarely selective and often overlooked by visiting anglers. These fish make their living in large densely packed schools, feeding opportunistically on most anything that crosses their path. I always enjoy taking...

Nature girl’s weekend picks

Coastal dune lakes discussed at Topsail Hill State Preserve Saturday, Feb. 28 – 9:00 a.m. Come and join an exciting interpretive on Topsail Hill Preserve State Park’s imperiled coastal dune lakes. Learn about these important rare freshwater lakes that exist right here in Walton County. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION / Semi-annual bonfire at Nick’s Seafood Restaurant Saturday, Feb. 28 – dark :30 Location: 7585 West Highway 20, Basin Bayou Live music. Fun for everyone. Unless it’s raining! Located on...

Nature girl’s weekend picks

Saturday, Feb. 21 Florida Sportsman Fishing and Boat Show Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun., 10. a.m. – 5 p.m. Where: Okaloosa County Fairgrounds, 1958 Lewis Turner Blvd., Ft Walton Beach Admission: $8 adults, children 12 and under with parent free. Learn About Turpentining at Topsail Hill Preserve Location: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Saturday, Feb. 21, at 10 a.m. Be part of a turpentining crew as they go out into the piney woods and earn their daily babbits (or tokens...

Draft 13 of Wildlife Lighting Ordinance presented

County Commissioners to view latest draft at meeting in DeFuniak Springs The latest draft of the Wildlife Lighting Ordinance will be presented to the Walton County Commissioners at the BCC Meeting February 24, 2009 – 5 p.m. Walton County Courthouse – DeFuniak Springs CLICK HERE TO READ DRAFT 13 of Ordinance Currently, Walton County is one of the last counties in the state of Florida without any wildlife lighting ordinance in place. To view map go to: http://myfwc.com/seaturtle/Lighting/SeaTurtle_LightOrdMap_Nov08.pdf...

Learn About Coastal Dune Lakes Feb. 28

Lakes discussed at Topsail Hill State Preserve Saturday, February 28, 2009 9:00 a.m. Come and join an exciting interpretive on Topsail Hill Preserve State Park’s imperiled coastal dune lakes. Learn about these important rare freshwater lakes that exist right here in Walton County. Park at the Day-Use area off HWY 30A and take a short hike to the clubhouse. A $2.00 entry fee is required. Outdoor tours canceled during severe weather.  Call (850)267-0299 for more details....

Take a culinary tour of the Forgotten Coast

WaterColor Inn and Resort hosting a unique four-day tour May 14-17 and Oct. 1-4 WaterColor Inn and Resort is offering a culinary package that will treat foodies to the freshest meals they’ve ever had as they savor hands-on experiences harvesting food from the great outdoors of Northwest Florida. Along the “Forgotten Coast,” participants will learn new skills – from oyster tonging and crabbing to harvesting tupelo honey and flounder gigging – then dine on what they have foraged in the...

Pura Vida – Surfing on the Gulf Coast

What a week of surf! Tuesday I surfed at Ed Walline.  Paddled out by myself and found a group of younger guys in the water heading out to the second sand bar. Keep in mind we are just now starting to see it break out there since we lost it in Hurricane Opal.  Growing up, we use to love to surf the “outside.”  Today proved to bring back many of those old memories.  The biggest memory is what a long...