Lola's Goodbye

Thanks to The Crowder Family for sharing this special moment with us!

“We just spent a week on 30A and made the decision to start looking for property to move down here permanately. The entire family fell in love with the people, the culture, the shopping and dining, the activities, and most notably the sand and water. On our way out, our daughter Lola, took one last gaze at the endless emerald waters and with a wave she said goodbye to 30A… but only for a short while.”

Joanna Cotten and Jimmy Ward will perform at Williams Backyard Boogie this Thursday, August 23rd… Click here for all the delicious details!

Chef Phil McDonald YOLO Board Race

Huge congrats to Table Five Personal Chef + Catering and local waterman Phil McDonald for just finishing his 26.5 MILE paddleboard race around the island of Manhattan! He raised $7,000 to benefit autism awareness and the Surfers’ Environmental Alliance. We’re so proud of you, Phil!!! Click here to learn more about Phil’s epic race.

30A South Walton Lauren Grayton Beach 300x257 Grayton Beach State Park

Photo: Michael Granberry Photography

Consistently voted one of world’s most beautiful and pristine beaches (and frequently hailed as the #1 beach in America), Grayton Beach State Park is a 2,000-acre national treasure that features camping, hiking, various YOLO board and eco tour activities, biking trails through sand dunes and pine flatwoods, two rare coastal dune lakes, a boat ramp, of course, Grayton’s stunning sugar-white sand beaches.

Grayton Beach State Park features a campground loop with 34 rustic sites, and while Grayton’s campground is perhaps not quite as refined as Topsail Hill State Preserve’s RV facility further west on Scenic Highway 30A, hey, isn’t that the whole point?

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Remember Danny Margagliano, our 30A neighbor and the South Walton Firefighter / Paramedic who was badly injured in April? Well, after 4 long and painful months, Danny has finally come home. Of course, he still has a very long way to go on his journey to recovery, but coming home is such an important and wonderful milestone. Wonder how your contributions have helped Danny over these last few critical months? The video says it all.

To learn more about Danny, and how you can help, please visit www.donations4danny.com. And thanks to everyone in our community for supporting this local hero in his family’s time of need!

30A South Walton Eden Trees Eden Gardens State Park

Photo: Jacqueline Ward Images

Just a few miles north of Seaside and Seagrove, you can experience the dreamy romance of a bygone era at Eden Gardens State Park. This 161-acre park is a wonderland of ancient moss-draped oaks, punctuated by gorgeous views of Choctawhatchee Bay and Tucker Bayou. With March typically being the peak blooming season, camellias and azaleas still offer dazzling displays from October through May.

Eden Gardens is also home to tended rose gardens, a butterfly garden and a reflection pond filled with lilies and Koi.

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Aloha Express Becomes First SUP Vessel

Stand up paddleboarding (SUP) and YOLO Boarding are certainly no strangers to South Walton waters, but now there’s a new way for SUP fans to find and explore hard-to-reach areas.

A passion for the fast-growing sport and a lifelong love of boats inspired Pensacola businessman and waterman Tom Pace to create the Aloha Express, a custom vessel built to transport paddlers and their gear. Along with Flat Island Boatworks founder Mike Bredesen, Pace designed the 30-foot power catamaran to provide a comfortable, smooth-riding platform that could accommodate up to 5-7 paddlers, boards and gear, and improvements to the prototype are already in place for a similar model that can handle 10-15 paddlers.

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30A South Walton DSC 1262 679x1024 “Say the Word” Poetry Group Gaining Momentum

Photo: Brandan Babineaux

In April of this year, Walton County resident Maria Schabla began looking for a spoken word forum, co-op or group in the area to share her poetry with, as well as utilize as an avenue to collaborate with other poets. Much to her surprise, in the culturally diverse and artistic community of Walton County, there was no such group. She quickly began meeting others that shared her interest, and “Say the Word” was born.

In the last 4 months, the movement, along with the group, has gained much momentum, hosting a monthly open mic night at Buddha Lounge with as many as 50 regular supporters and poets attending.

“Say the Word is all about the poets, and creating a platform for them to be able to share their art form with the community,” said Maria Schabla, Founder of Say the Word.

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