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30A St Patrick’s Parade and Festival in Santa Rosa Beach March 15th

The 7th Annual 30A St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival is slated for Saturday, March 15th 2014. Nationally recognized, Texas based Celtic Rock Band Cleghorn will headline the entertainment along with the Drake School of Irish Dance. Cleghorn combines stadium rock with blues and folk influences laced with a strong Celtic brew. More than 50 floats and parade entries in all shapes and sizes are anticipated. Parade lineup begins at 3.30 p.m. and heads 4 miles west down Scenic Hwy. 30A,...

Take a hike with a ranger at Grayton Beach State Park Dec. 28

Time: 10 a.m. On Saturday, Dec. 28,  join Grayton Beach State Park’s Ranger Chad for a guided walk on the beach nature trail. Discover how the dunes protect the park from hurricanes and storm. Also learn about the endangered farmer of the dunes, the Choctawhatchee Beach Mouse. Please meet at the east end of the beach parking area. The walk will leave from the beach parking area. Admission is $5.00 per vehicle. Grayton Beach State Park is located at 357...

Ribbon cutting held for new Padgett Park Community Center

Center open, play area completed On Nov. 19, Walton County District 5 commissioner Cecilia Jones hosted a ribbon cutting for the new Padgett Park on J.D. Miller Road in Santa Rosa Beach. The park is named after Timothy Padgett, a Special Forces medical sergeant from Walton County who died in the line of duty in Afghanistan in 2007. Also in attendance was Padgett’s mother Glenda Penton and newly elected District 5 commissioner Cindy Meadows. The Community Center is the first...

Walton County Health Department beach water quality report for Aug. 7, 2012

The Walton County Health Department conducts regularly scheduled saltwater beach water quality monitoring at seven sites through the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program.  The water samples are being analyzed for enteric bacteria (enterococci) that normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals, which may cause human disease, infections, or rashes.  The presence of enteric bacteria is an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from stormwater runoff, pets and wildlife, and human sewage.  The purpose of the Healthy Beaches Monitoring...

Splash pad opens at Helen McCall Park in Santa Rosa Beach

New feature to keep kids cool this summer Walton County District 5 Commissioner Cecilia Jones hosted a ribbon cutting May 25, 2012 for the new splash pad at Helen McCall Park. The new water feature for children will be open 7 days a week through Labor Day. The splash pad boasts towering water shoots from the ground along with fountains and a water dumping coconut tree. The Mission Play Park area features slides, seesaws, and other activities for children on...

South Walton Fire District (SWFD) announces 2012 Junior Lifeguard Program

2012 Junior Lifeguard season runs June 19 – July 19 Swim tryouts at Ed Walline Park (South end of CR 393)  Fri., May 18 at 3:30 p.m. and Sat., May 19 at 9 a.m. The South Walton Fire District’s (SWFD) Beach Safety Division is proud to announce the 2012 Junior Lifeguard Program. For the 5th consecutive year the SWFD Junior Lifeguard Program will be under the supervision of Gary Wise, South Walton Fire District Beach Safety Director assisted by the...

South Walton Turtle Watch keeps track of nesting sea turtles

Sea turtle nesting season runs May 1 – October 31 According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, sea turtles are among the oldest creatures on earth, and have remained essentially unchanged for 110 million years. However, they face an uncertain future. Illegal harvesting, habitat encroachment, and pollution (physical and light) are only some of the issues sea turtles face as the beautiful creatures struggle to stay alive. Each year from May 1 – October 31, there are four species...

June Summer Horse Camp offered in Santa Rosa Beach

Fun hunter and jumper horse training offered with Allison Richards Four-day hunter/jumper horse camps for ages 6-12 will be offered in Santa Rosa Beach in June 2012. The dates for the camps will be June 12-15 or June 19-22, 2012. Equestrian instructor Allison Richards will be teaching the camp, offering a variety of fun activities for young horse lovers. Students will learn general horsemanship, how to tack, mount, post and trot along with safety, ethics and basic horse anatomy. Additional...

Explore the Creek Trail in Santa Rosa Beach

Four miles of meandering trails a pleasant walk or bike ride Many folks aren’t aware of a great little trail to explore in Santa Rosa Beach. Located around the busy South Walton Government Annex buildings, the Creek Trail offers more than four miles of hiking and biking enjoyment. Easily accessible, one can meander through the trails and enjoy the beauty of South Walton’s natural resources. The Creek Trail boasts forest footpaths, multi-use paved trails, and bridges crossing over wetlands areas....

Go fishing with the pros!

Your guide to the best fishing in the Walton County area For those that like to cast a line out in the water, it goes without saying that fishing is always good in Walton! Most anytime of year, a good angler is bound to catch something – whether surf fishing for pompano, catching snapper in the Gulf, or reeling in a redfish in the Bay. The Gulf of Mexico, the Choctawhatchee Bay, the Choctawhatchee River, and its many tributaries offer...

Walton students design artwork for turtle festival

Artwork will adorn posters and t-shirts Turtle Watch, South Walton Community Council, and the Merchants of Gulf Place gratefully acknowledge Walton County elementary school art teachers Constance Rogers, Laurie Hudson, and Jennifer Bush for their participation in the Turtle Fest 2011 poster art contest held recently for area students. A winner was chosen from each school participating and will be placed on the Turtle Fest posters and t-shirts. Proceeds from the sale of the shirts will go to Turtle Watch, a not-for-profit volunteer...