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Balmy weather brings locals out and about

Locals out enjoying the spring-like temps With the local temps up into the highs of 70 degrees, locals in Walton have been enjoying the weather. Santa Rosa Beach resident Mike Ragsdale took the opportunity today to enjoy the weather by purchasing a new YOLO board. The YOLO stand up paddleboards are popular among locals in the area and the home base for the company as well. For more information about YOLO boards go to YOLOboard.com....

Breakfast with a Park Ranger Feb. 14

Have breakfast with a Park Ranger at Topsail Location: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Saturday, Feb. 14 – 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...

Pura Vida – Surfing on the Gulf Coast

Sometimes it’s just what you need it to be I surfed by myself today in Miramar.  I just needed to get away.  It was kind of funky at first but around dark the wind let up and the tides got right.  It was a blast.  About chest to head high with long swell intervals which can be good if you have a lot on your mind. Sometimes surfing is not just about the surf as it is about clearing my...

Pura Vida – Surfing on the Gulf Coast

It’s Monday… and it’s up It is finally up.  Looks to be running in the waist to chest range.  Clean surfaces right now but we expect winds to go onshore later this afternoon.  This will help increase the swell size and make for a fun week or so of surf.  I will post some photos once I get out of the water later this evening.  Hope to see you in the water! Pura Vida! Pura Vida is a column by...

Pura Vida – Surfing on the Gulf Coast

Catching head-high glassy bombs I finally made it into the water today. It has been flat since my last post.  I guess this is as good thing since my back has been out from a training program I am doing.  This whole getting old thing is a real pain.  I don’t think I am adapting very well. Anyway, a good friend and I worked our way from Blue Mountain west looking at the various breaks. The wind began to shift...

Chautauqua Exhibits a Delightful Excursion

Florida Chautauqua Assembly: A Journey into Africa in DeFuniak Springs Jan. 29-31 The Chautauqua Assembly in DeFuniak Springs is a four-day, conference-style event featuring keynote speakers, performances, special events, and day sessions. With a variety of subjects, it is a must for anyone interested in an educational experience. I took in the exhibits at the Walton County Fairgrounds and was delighted to find a wide array of wildlife exhibits as well as the free-standing displays about Africa created by Walton...

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...