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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....

Sharing an autumn sunset

Reeling in a beauty Local Tom Sloyan went fishing on Nov. 1 at Dune Allen Beach. Tom didn’t catch any fish, but reeled in some sunset beauties. Tom is co-owner of Daisy’s Garden shop on Veteran’s Road. 850.200.5571. Watch a slideshow of Tom’s sunset pictures. watch?v=CKlyoymEtdc...

Environmental Forum at Sandestin Nov. 13

Director of Nokuse Plantation to kick off this year’s forum A forum uniting environmental efforts throughout Walton County, will be held Thursday, Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort. Created by the Walton County Tourist Development Council (TDC) New Product Development Committee, the forum unites established environmental groups and organizations to meet and work together for the overall ecological benefit of Walton County. “The forum provides an important platform to unite individuals...

South Walton turtle nest results for 2008

The South Walton Turtle Watch Group has announced turtle nest activity for the season This year there were 37 nests marked: • 32 Loggerhead • 3 Green • 1 Leatherback • 1 of these was marked by Deer Lake State Park Wash outs: 12 nests washed out, including the Leatherback. False crawls: 12 false crawls were documented Discovery dates: The first nest discovered was on 5/25/08 and last on 8/18/08. A message from Sharon Maxwell, South Walton Turtle Watch Group...

Ugh… Dog flies are here!

Dog Flies and their habits When fall comes to our area, those refreshing weather fronts will move through from the north bringing lower humidity, lower temperatures and the infamous dog fly. The stable fly, known as the dog fly in northwest Florida, is a blood feeding fly that is a nuisance to man, pets, and livestock. From August through November the dog fly congregates on the Florida Panhandle beaches. This fly originates from farming areas in southern Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia...

Lake Powell and Camp Creek Lake discussed

Members of the Coastal Dune Lake Advisory Board toured Lake Powell and Camp Creek Lake on Oct. 16. Florida State Park biologist John Bente, along with Richard Bryan, of Friends of Lake Powell, discussed the health, history and the outfall of the lake. The group then journeyed to Camp Creek Lake at WaterSound where St. Joe wildlife biologist, Jim Moyers discussed the indigenous flora and fauna of Camp Creek Lake. The St. Joe Company has left more than 85 acres...