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Boater safety class in Destin July 21

The United States Coastguard Auxiliary 14, Destin Florida is hosting a boating safety class on Saturday, July 21, 2018 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. The class will be held at the at Destin Fishing History and History Museum, 108 Stahlman Ave, Destin. This class is for the person, both young and old, who wants to learn how to safely handle a boat in our beautiful gulf shore waters. This boating class is designed to be an introductory course to...

Walton County moves forward with plans for bay side park, public workshops Jan. 11 and 18

On Nov. 28, 2017 the Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) discussed preliminary plans for the 6 ½ acre bay side park located at Bay Grove Road and U.S. Hwy. 331 in Freeport. Before final plans are approved, the Walton County Public Works Department will hold public workshops on Thursday, January 11, 2018 and Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Freeport City Hall, 112 Highway 20 West, Freeport. The purpose of these workshops are to...

Celebrate 140 years of Governor Stone Schooner Sept. 25 and Oct. 22

The Bay County Historical Society is pleased to resume their monthly “Adventures in History” series on Monday, September 25, 2017 at 7:00 pm at the Bay County Library. The September adventure follows the 140 year history of the last remaining working gaff rigged Gulf Bay Schooner, Governor Stone, from her construction in Pascagoula Mississippi to her National Historic Landmark designation in 1991 and settling into her designated home port of St. Andrews, Florida in 2013. The Governor Stone was part...

Rags to Riches Regatta at Grayton Beach July 1

The 21st Annual Rags to Riches Regatta is set for Sat., July 1, 2017 along Grayton Beach in South Walton. The race brings together Hobie 16 sailing enthusiasts in honor of Independence Day in a time honored tradition. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and skipper’s meeting starts at 11 a.m. Entry fee is $45 per boat. The race will start and finish on the beach behind Red Bar in Grayton Beach, Florida, located just off Scenic Hwy 30-A in Walton...

Emerald Coast Boat and Lifestyle Show Mar. 3-5 in Panama City Beach

This land based show will feature boat displays from all major manufacturers and the top dealers representing the latest in boats, high tech engines, electronics and marine accessories. Boats ranging from entry level bow riders and center consoles all the way up to the next generation 42′ center consoles with quad outboards that have become so popular. The event also features paddleboards and fishing kayaks, to outdoor kitchens, diving, active wear and beach cruising bicycles. Show Dates & Time: March...

South Walton home to hundreds of new artificial reefs in 2017

South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA) has some great news for 2017. Seven years after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA) artificial reef deployment funding has been allocated, contracts awarded, and hundreds of new artificial reefs are slated to splash off Walton County waters. Exact timing is contingent upon windows of favorable weather and sea conditions, however SWARA’s overall plan is: One patch reef within each of the 9 near-shore...

New enhancements installed at Choctaw Beach Park

The long awaited improvements to the Choctaw Beach Park and boat ramp have been completed. The project consisted of construction of a new more accessible boat ramp, improved paved parking area and the construction of new bathroom facilities. Walton County Facility Maintenance crews have also provided some additional landscaping to the site. Funding for the project was provided by the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission through the Florida Boating Improvement Program, and the Board of County Commissioners. More than a boat...

Rags To Riches Regatta at Grayton Beach July 2

The 20th Annual Rags to Riches Regatta is set for Sat., July 2, 2016 along Grayton Beach in South Walton. The race brings together Hobie 16 sailing enthusiasts in honor of Independence Day in a time honored tradition. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and skipper’s meeting starts at 11 a.m. Entry fee is $45 per boat. The race will start and finish on the beach behind Red Bar in Grayton Beach, Florida, located just off Scenic Hwy 30-A in Walton...