Photo by Drew Amato

Photo by Drew Amato

Dr. Steven Weiner, of The Aesthetic Clinique in Blue Mountain Beach, hedged his bets just right to score the big win at the most-recent World Poker Tour Deep Stacks tournament in Biloxi, Miss.

Weiner is a trained plastic surgeon who left behind a successful plastic surgery business in Georgia 10 years ago to move to 30A and place another kind of bet: on opening a cutting-edge, non-surgical, minimally invasive cosmetic procedure clinic. At the time, it was a bold move, but Weiner felt it was the direction his customers would want him to go. Today, he’s a leader in this ever-growing field and students even travel to the Aesthetic Clinique in Blue Mountain Beach for instruction. The clinic’s business is growing more than 20 percent each year.

Weiner loves the work, but he also gets a thrill from his weekly poker nights with the guys. And it’s that hobby that led him to the World Poker Tour late last month, where he slowly knocked out the pros to take home nearly $24,000 in winnings.

“I’ve always been great at math and statistics. I love trying to figure out the odds. But then, people think it’s about 80 percent skill and 20 percent luck, so even if you play great, there’s always that element of excitement that things could go the other way,” he said with a grin. “I think I’m just a gambler at heart.”

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The past few days were tons of beachy fun during our 2015 30A GEAR photo shoot, featuring photographer Sean Murphy. Check out some behind-the-scenes videos, or follow 30A or Sean Murphy on Instagram to get a small glimpse of what’s in store…

Kevin Boyle. Photo by Jacqueline Ward Images.

Kevin Boyle. Photo by Jacqueline Ward Images.

Today, Santa Rosa Golf and Beach Club is hosting a big golf tournament in support of Food For Thought, a wonderful local group helping to fight child hunger by providing eligible students with weekly access to backpacks filled with healthy, easy-to-prepare foods.

Kevin Boyle sat down with 30A Radio to share more about the organization’s efforts, upcoming events like their golf tournament, and a restaurant that donates 20 percent of all food and drinks sales during happy hour one Thursday every month.

Music by John and Jacob, who will be performing this summer at Seaside.

Learn more about Food For Thought at www.fftfl.org.

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An example of what the swings will look like once they are installed.

An example of what the swings will look like once they are installed.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is trying to raise $10,000 to install wheelchair swings to accommodate disabled citizens at several area parks.

“We have beautiful parks, but there is a need for disabled accessible play equipment,” said Walton County Sheriff Mike Adkinson. “I hope the community will join our ‘Swing Team’ and help us reach our goal to create parks that welcome people of all abilities to enjoy the fun.”

The sheriff’s office has created an ‘Everyone Plays’ account for those who wish to donate. Inmates of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Jail will help with the preparation of each location and installation of the swings.

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Charles Bell of Land Rover Gulf Coast poses with his two sons at the 30A Sand Rover Rally in 2014.

Charles Bell of Land Rover Gulf Coast poses with his two sons at the 30A Sand Rover Rally in 2014.

Land Rover enthusiast Charles Bell got into the vehicles mostly by chance.

When he was hired on as a technician at Land Rover 16 years ago, he didn’t know much about them. It didn’t take long to catch on to their appeal.

“Land Rover is all about getting off the pavement, getting out in nature, enjoying God’s creation with no traffic lights,” Bell said. “It’s a lot of fun.”

Land-Rover-Gulf-Coast-600Within a few years of starting the job, he bought his own Land Rover, started taking it off-roading and was hooked. Soon after, he founded the Gulf Coast Land Rover Club and has become an integral part of the community.

This weekend, Bell and about 100 Land Rover and funky beach cruiser enthusiasts from across the Southeast are expected to bring their vehicles out for the second annual 30A Sand Rover Rally. This year Land Rover Gulf Coast in Mobile, Ala., where Bell is a master technician, is the presenting sponsor, and the rally is expected to bring double the crowd of last year’s inaugural event.

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will-kimbroughAward-winning musician Will Kimbrough chats with 30A Radio about how the Gulf Coast influenced his sound and why he thinks the 30A Songwriters Fest is the best music festival in the world.

He also recounts the story of how a chance backstage meeting with Jimmy Buffett years later led Buffett to recording several of Kimbrough’s songs.

Kimbrough grew up in Mobile, Ala., and now lives in Nashville, Tenn., where is constantly recording and heading out to tour the country playing shows. Check out his website for more info and head on over to Pensacola May 9, 2015, to catch him live with his band Willie Sugarcapps at Vinyl Music Hall.

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