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License free fishing days offered for saltwater an freshwater in June

Want to try your hand at Florida fishing? License-free saltwater fishing weekend is June 1 and 2, and license-free freshwater fishing weekend is June 8 and 9. During these weekends, a fishing license is not required for Florida residents or visitors. License-free weekends provide an excellent opportunity for non-licensed recreational anglers to experience fishing. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting these four license-free fishing days near National Fishing and Boating Week, a national celebration of fishing...

Free admission to Grayton Beach and Topsail Hill Preserve State Parks May 25 – Sept. 2

May 22, 2019 – Summer visitors to South Walton will once again be able to enjoy free day-use admission to Grayton Beach State Park and Topsail Hill State Park from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The Walton County Tourist Development Council is paying the cost of entry to for day-use visitors in order to increase available parking for beach-goers during the peak visitation season, as well as raise awareness of the variety of eco-tourism activities in the area. This year marks...

Health advisory rescinded for Morrison Springs

May 22, 2019 Contact: Crystal Steele Crystal.Steele@flhealth.gov 850-892-8021 Ext. 6365 Walton County — Effective immediately, the Florida Department of Health in Walton County is rescinding the May 8, 2019 health advisory for the Morrison Springs bathing place. DOH Walton feels that water quality in this area has improved considerably due to the reduction in bacteria levels. We will continue to monitor the water quality in this area monthly and routinely advise the public of our results. For more information, contact...

Walton County fishing report for May 4

Bay: Lots of trout and redfish, various sizes. River: Shellcracker, bass, some catfish. Surf: Pompano. Click here for fishing forecast Bay and river report brought to you by Copeland’s. “Where the locals shop and the tourists are welcome.” Click here to find out more about Copeland’s.Copeland’s Gun and Tackle Shop17290 U.S. Hwy. 331 SFreeport, Florida 32439(850) 835-4277Store hours:Mon. – Fri.: 6 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.Sat.: 6 a.m. – 4 p.m.Sun.: Closed...

Walton artist selected as Ambassador for Forgotten Coast en Plein Air, America’s Great Paint-Out

Santa Rosa Beach artist Joan Vienot has been awarded the prestigious honor of Ambassador and Artist-In-Residence for the Forgotten Coast en Plein Air, America’s Great Paint-out in Apalachicola May 3-12, 2019. Plein air characterizes the activity of painting outdoors in open air, capturing scenes with natural lighting. Artistic excellence and the production of investment quality art is the trademark of this 10-day festival with Vienot selected as one of four Ambassador artists for this year. The event will focus on...

Walton County fishing report for Jan. 31

Fishing is good Bay: Reports of speckled trout, redfish, and a few sheepshead. Deer: Starting to get into rut. Click here for fishing forecast Bay and river report brought to you by Copeland’s. “Where the locals shop and the tourists are welcome.” Click here to find out more about Copeland’s.Copeland’s Gun and Tackle Shop17290 U.S. Hwy. 331 SFreeport, Florida 32439(850) 835-4277Store hours:Mon. – Fri.: 6 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.Sat.: 6 a.m. – 4 p.m.Sun.: Closed...

Garden growing workshop in DeFuniak Springs Feb. 18

Join UF/IFAS Walton County Extension from 10 am – Noon on Monday, February 18 for an interactive workshop titled “Grow the Perfect Salad.”  This event will be held at the Walton County Extension Office in DeFuniak Springs, 732 N 9th St, and will feature Daniel Leonard, the Walton County Horticulture Agent presenting a session on tips and techniques for growing a winter salad garden. In addition, Blake Thaxton, from Johnny’s Seeds, will be presenting on new and improved varieties and...

Walton area Halloween events Oct. 25 – 31

Barktoberfest benefitting Dog-Harmony at Grand Boulevard Oct. 25 Time: – 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Pets and their owners are invited to celebrate Halloween a little early at Barktoberfest in Grand Boulevard Oct. 25. Dress up your pup and meet at Grand Park in Grand Boulevard to enjoy treats, live music and “pet & parent” matching costume contest. All proceeds from this free event benefit Dog-Harmony. Grand Boulevard is located at 495 Grand Boulevard, Miramar Beach. To to www.grandboulevard.com/events for more...

Vintage and antique RV show at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Oct. 6

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for “Rollin’ Through the Decades” a mini Vintage and Antique RV Show on October 6, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Attendees will get to see the difference between an antique RV and a vintage camper. Attendees will also be able to enjoy camping related presentations and activities. A $6.00 entry admission per vehicle into the park. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach,...