30A South Walton Gulf Place 175 Gulf Place is a Pet Lovers ParadiseWith a sprawling grass amphitheater, plenty of sidewalks, park benches, outdoor dining spaces, and a super-cute cluster of shops that specifically cater to the whims of every pooch, Gulf Place is undoubtedly Scenic Highway 30A’s pet-friendliest place. Unofficially called “Bark Avenue,” this family of pet-centric merchants is on every local pet owner’s speed-dial list.

Furry Fanatics: Pet Supplies

56 Spires Lane, Unit 12A | 850-278-6902 | www.furry-fanatics.com

Furry Fanatics offers a complete and unique selection of all-natural pet foods, treats, supplies and novelties. Owner Julie Brown is simply the kindest, sweetest soul you’ll ever meet, and her genuine passion for all-things-animals is evident from the first moment you walk through the doors. Furry Fanatics also carries official “30A” and “Dogs of 30A” pet gear. Furry Fanatics is the must-stop spot for treats following every grooming and vet visit.

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30A South Walton 110116 WC DECK 001 Fish Out of Water Receives Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator

Fish Out of Water

The famous Fish Out of Water restaurant at WaterColor Inn and Resort just added to its growing list of honors with an “Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator magazine.

Fewer than 3,000 restaurants worldwide make this prestigious list, and the award is bestowed on restaurants that feature an exceptionally well-chosen selection of wine from quality producers, usually offering at least 90 wine selections on the menu.

“Our wine program boasts more than 475 selections,” said Tony Liartis, Director of Food and Beverage at St. Joe Club & Resort’s gulf-front WaterColor Inn and Resort. “Currently, we have 3,649 bottles in our inventory and our goal is to provide guests with an extensive selection of wines from around the globe at a range of prices.”

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30A South Walton AndyS Poster Winner 580 480 Walton County TDC Seeks Applicants for 2015s Artist of the Year

2013 Artist of the Year, Andy Saczynski

Walton County’s TDC is now accepting applications for the 2015 South Walton Artist of the Year honor. This marks the thirteenth year of the program that’s designed to promote our thriving arts community, while placing the spotlight on one very talented local artist.

The deadline for applications is Monday, July 28th at 4:00 pm. Click here to download the application.

“The Artist of the Year program has many benefits to the winning artist,” said Michael McCarty, 2009′s Artist of the Year. “Opportunities are created throughout the year that promotes your art in a much, much broader spectrum than one would normally be exposed to.”

Click here for a list of previous Artists of the Year.

For more info about the TDC’s Artist of the Year program, contact Angela Vaughn.

30A South Walton beyonce Beyoncé Needs a Forever HomeBeyoncé is a sweet German Shepherd / Hound Mix looking for someone to ‘put a collar on her.’

Having just returned from a training program called “Unconditional Love,” this beautiful girl is one of the most easy-going, fun-loving dogs currently sheltered at Alaqua Animal Refuge. Take her home and you’ll have a loyal friend for life.

Here’s a log of her eventful life, in her own words:

2014 has been a very big year for me. I am a German Shepherd/Hound Mix and just a youngster of about three years old. I have kept a diary since January so that I could share it one day:

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Registrations are now open for the Third Annual 30A Thanksgiving Day Race & 1 Mile Fun Run to be held on November 27th, 2014.

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Last year, 30A 10K presented a $40,000 check to Donations 4 Danny, Food For Thought Outreach Inc and Lighthouse Family Retreat.

Mark your calendar for the 30A Thanksgiving 10K and 1 Mile Fun Run because it’s going to be another fantastic race. This year, they’re limiting participation to 3,000 RUNNERS, so secure your spot as soon as possible, especially since this year’s 30A 10K is an official RRCA Championship Race!

Over the years, long-distance running has become synonymous with the noble cause of raising funds for charities, and the 30A 10K is certainly no exception. In fact, the 30A 10K race team has been hard at work to make this year’s race not only a spectacular event, but also to use it as an opportunity to give back to the community in the spirit of the Thanksgiving season.

Since the race’s inception just two years ago, the 30A 10K Charity Race has donated over $58,000 to local non-profits.

If you’re not a runner or walker, you can still get involved in this wonderful 30A tradition! For example, please consider volunteering to help with parking or water stations. If you’re interested in helping, please email the 30A 10k team.

Click here now to register!

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30A South Walton Jessie Taylor 175 Meet 30As World Champion Wakeboarder Andrew AdkisonBy Jessie Taylor

30A South Walton 522562 356924251030310 1991314191 n Meet 30As World Champion Wakeboarder Andrew AdkisonDuring Christmas break last year, our group decided to go out one night. We arrived at a friend’s house, only to discover that someone had decided to bring a couple of randos. The definition of a “rando” according to our made-up dictionary is: “Someone that only one to two people in our group know.”

Side note: We’re sometimes a little wary of rando strangers.

In fairness, it’s not entirely our fault that we’re so quick to judge the randos: We’ve had some very unusual experiences that created a real need for this “no rando” rule. Usually bringing randos to these intimate gatherings without checking with the group well in advance is frowned upon. But when the girls heard that one of the guys was a professional wakeboarder, we decided to let the “no randos” rule slide for the night.

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30A South Walton surf camp Register Now for 30A Surf & Skim Camps!

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Meyer Boarding Company and 30A.com are proud to present summer Surf & Skim Camps, now through August 12th. The camps will be held every Monday and Tuesday from 10:00 AM - Noon at Ed Walline Beach Park, just across the street from Gulf Place.

Anyone who can swim, ages 5 and up, is welcome to join each two-day camp.

The camp is taught by former professional skimboarder Jesse Davis. He’s an incredibly talented skimmer and instructor.

The cost for the 2-day camp is $300, which includes a 40″ 30A SKIM BOARD from Meyer Boarding Company (or $200 without the board).

Attendees will also get a swag bag full of goodies from local merchants and free ice cream. Beach chairs and umbrellas are provided at the camp for parents and friends.

Space is very limited! Click here to sign up now or call 850-830-1893.

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By Jessie Taylor
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SunQuest Cruises’ Solaris

Want to be wined and dined in style on your next beach vacation? Be sure to book a trip aboard SunQuest Cruises’ SOLARIS. This beautiful ship stays docked at Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina and is readily available to host large events or just a special occasion for two.

I recently went to Baytowne to tour the Solaris. When I was walking down the dock, I paused to call for directions to the yacht.

The man on the phone had to be questioning my eyesight, considering that you literally can’t miss the Solaris.

Little did I know she’s the biggest boat docked at the marina.

I toured the entire vessel with owner, James Murray, and I have to say it is pretty awesome. Not only does the boat have a full bar (I’m talking everything), but they have a very nice wine list as well. The Solaris hosts everything from weddings, class reunions, and corporate dinners to public dinner cruises.

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