By Shannon J. Winslow-Claunch
Here in South Walton, spring temperatures mean an increase in tourists. And it also means more opportunities for potential encounters with some of our longtime locals: Florida black bears. In fact, Florida’s black bear population is on the rise, with sightings doubling statewide to nearly 6,200 every year.
There are a few things that every person who works or plays along 30A should be aware of regarding our furry neighbors.
Catherine Rodriguez of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office warns that it’s spring and black bears are waking up from their winter lethargy. Many mothers have cubs to protect and feed. Bears are motivated by hunger and with the dense population of well-fed humans making 30A their springtime get-away (and sometimes leaving their common sense back home), bear safety is a major concern for local authorities.
The 8th Annual Bocce Ball Tournament will get rolling on Saturday, April 19th on the eastern and western greens in Rosemary Beach.
Registration will be at the tent by the fountain on Scenic 30A from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM, and the opening ceremony will begin precisely as the bell tolls at 10:00 AM.
The cost to enter is $40 per team of 2 and includes refreshments, food, snacks and two t-shirts.
This year’s Bocce Ball Tournament is presented by Bombora Sun & Surf in Rosemary Beach, and 30A.com is also a proud sponsor of this wonderful local tradition.
Follow the bunny tracks down to Baytowne Marina and hop aboard the SOLARIS on Sunday, April 20th from 1 – 3 p.m. for a relaxing lunch cruise.
“Easter weekend is all about spending time with family and friends. If you’re fortunate enough to celebrate in Destin, this is an unforgettable experience for all ages,” said James Murray, General Manager for SOLARIS.
After taking in the warm coastal breezes and panoramic views from the sky deck, guests will enjoy a three-course meal that begins with a Baby Spinach and Mushroom Salad. Choice of entrée includes Filet en Croute, Gulf Shrimp Scampi Fettuccini, Chicken Cordon Bleu and Vegetable Lasagna. The meal ends with Chef’s choice of dessert. The children’s menu includes Chicken Tenders, Macaroni & Cheese and fresh seasonal Vegetables.
Vue on 30a will host a special Easter brunch on Sunday, April 20th.
The buffet will feature an array of hot and cold selections, including a raw bar with oysters, shrimp, mini lobster tails, house-cured salmon, shrimp étouffée over rice, roasted prime rib of beef, custom omelets, a grits and mashed potato bar, an assortment of desserts, and more.
The menu includes classic starters, soup, desserts and over ten delightful favorites from the Chef’s Station. The brunch costs $70/adult and $30/child (tax and gratuity not included). Prior reservations are recommended.
Fish Out of Water will be open Easter Sunday evening, featuring an Ala Carte Menu with special features.
These Easter Festivities are also FREE and open to the public:
Fantastic turnout this weekend for the inaugural 30A Sand Rover Rally!
Here are just a few of the fan photos that have come in so far… For more videos and photos, check out the official event Facebook page. Thanks to everyone who drove here to support this event, as well as to our friends at Gulf Place, Messina’s, Red Bar, Shelly Swanger Photography, Isacks Imagery and 30A Television!