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A Sweet Escape Feb. 14-15

Village of Baytowne Wharf offers sweet fun for everyone Kids events 12-5 p.m. Smooth tunes for grown ups 6-8 p.m. The Village of Baytowne Wharf  awaits with family-friendly events Feb. 14 – 15  from 12-5 p.m. Inflatable activities, stilt walker, face painters and other interactive activities will delight guests young and old. Gather around the stage, as a magician delights you with tricks! A classic board game will come to life with the life-size version of the Candyland game in...

Scenic signs

Scenic 30A now sports colorful signs New signs for Scenic C30A have been installed along the scenic corridor. Formally known as County Road 30A, the road was officially designated by the Florida Department of Transportation last February. With the designation, Scenic 30A is entitled to state grants and funding to provide trails, lighting and historical information. Walton County’s Scenic 30A spans along the beaches of South Walton County, Florida....

Surf and inshore fishing report

Pompano, redfish, bluefish, flounder being caught surf fishing Surf Fishing Surf Fishing in the winter offers some interesting possibilities.  In the last few weeks we have seen lots of big bull reds, bluefish, black drum, pompano and even bonita caught from the beach.  This time of year, you never know what to expect.  Keep an eye on the fluctuations in water temperature.  The past few weeks have seen the water temperature rise and fall several degrees.  When you see a...

Wildlife lighting ordinance reading to be continued

Meeting at courthouse annex in Santa Rosa Beach will be continued until County hears from all interested parties Second reading of a new wildlife lighting ordinance (a.k.a. sea turtle lighting ordinance) to be heard Jan. 13 at the Walton County commission meeting will be continued until the County hears from all interested parties. Several beach front commercial properties objected to the lighting ordinance, stating cost factors as a major concern. Currently, Walton County is one of the last counties in...

Learn about Turpentining Feb. 21

Be part of a turpentine crew at Topsail Hill Preserve Location: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Saturday, Feb. 21 – 10 a.m. Be part of our turpentining crew as they go out into the piney woods and earn their daily babbits (or tokens good only at the company store). Skeeter and Boss Blake will make sure to show all greenhorns how to dip sap, chip boxes and spend babbits. Meet at the  Day-Use entrance off of Hwy 30A and take...

Breakfast with a Park Ranger Jan. 10

Have breakfast with a Park Ranger at Topsail Location: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Saturday, Jan. 10 – 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. The Department of Environmental Protection’s Topsail Hill Preserve State Park will be holding its Breakfast with a Ranger. Join the Rangers of Topsail Hill and ask them all the questions you can think of about park wildlife. This program is family oriented and ideal for the whole family to enjoy. Park at the Day-Use area off Hwy...

A night of stargazing Jan. 9

Take a guided tour of the stars at Alys Beach Friday,  January 9 6-8 p.m. Meet at Fonville Press Alan Knothe will be the guide for an up close and personal tour of the heavens, starting with a lecture on the cycle of a star which will cover how the stars are formed, the stages they go through and what happens after they burn out. This will also cover black holes. Stargazing will follow the hour long lecture. The star-gazing...

SWFD beach safety flag warnings changed

Beach flags will not fly in Jan. and Feb. Beginning January 1, 2009 the South Walton Fire District (SWFD) and the Beaches of South Walton (Tourist Development Center/TDC) will no longer fly “beach safety flags” on the 30 public beach access flag poles during the months of  January and February. The SWFD continues to enhance the effectiveness, efficiency, and economy of our Beach Safety Division. During the 2008 End of Season Review and Analysis, several program enhancements were developed. One...

Gumbo cookoff Jan. 10

The Market Shops at Sandestin hosts cookoff and live entertainment From 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., taste gumbo from the area’s finest restaurants and businesses, then vote for your favorite. Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band, performing live from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on the Cypress Green. Tickets are $13 in advanced and $15 the day of the cook-off. A portion of the net proceeds benefit The United Way. Call 850.267.8092 for more information or to purchase tickets....

State Park status shared by SWCC

South Walton Community Council researches status on pending State Park closures Dear SWCC Member, I have received several emails and phone calls expressing concern about the potential closure of Deer Lake State Park. I have spoken with both local park officials and the state about the proposal. At the end of this email is a public memo provided by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. (FDEP) Here is a synopsis of what I have been told or found through research....