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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....

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...