Emerald HomesSeveral new areas are under construction along 30A, and Emerald Homes Northern Gulf Coast division is leading the way for homebuyers who want to make Blue Mountain Beach their home. Emerald Homes is now selling three new luxury floor plans in Highland Parks at Blue Mountain Beach. Agents, locals and visitors alike are invited to visit the on-site info center, and to take a guided tour through the new floor plans.

“Highland Parks is alive with activity,” said Steve O’Brien, Emerald Homes Vice President of Operations for the Northern Gulf Coast. “We are excited to offer our luxury homes in South Walton.”

The neighborhood is surrounded by state forest and is approximately a half mile from two public beach accesses. Highland Parks is a planned pedestrian community, featuring sidewalks and brick paver streets leading to the Highland Parks Pool House. The Pool House boasts a pool with water features, a hot tub, a large covered lounge area complete with flat screen TV and a grill area along with the Lookout Tower.

The Lookout Tower goes steps beyond the tree line offering an unbelievable panoramic view of the Gulf of Mexico.

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Solaris FoodIf you’re lucky enough to find yourself along 30A this Labor Day weekend, you know it’s all about the sinking your toes in the sand during the day and then enjoying a delicious dinner in the evening. Sample something outside the restaurant scene and embark on a memorable dining experience on the SOLARIS yacht.

The SOLARIS is the area’s only dining and entertainment yacht, docked at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Their chefs freshly prepare fresh seafood and prime steak while you enjoy drinks on the open air sky deck. Cruise into the sunset and dance under the stars.

Enjoy $25 off this Friday and Saturday night’s cruises! Make your reservations at SunQuestCruises.com or call 850.650.2519.

Click here for the coupon!

Fresh baked summer Tomato Pie

Fresh baked summer Tomato Pie

By Susan Benton, 30A Eats

Chanticleer Bakery & Eatery has quickly made a name for themselves in the South Walton community with food to crow about! They recently celebrated their first birthday with a party at their eatery on 55 Clayton Lane in Grayton Beach. Husband and wife team Suzanne Wilson and Joseph Arnold, unexpectedly joined forces with their daughter and son-in-law, Emily and Sandro Wever, opening a bountiful bakery and café in the Shops of Grayton.

Their story began when Joseph and his wife Suzanne traveled across Europe in 2003. French markets and Parisian bakery’s offering fresh produce, baguettes and pastries, gave the couple inspiration for a better way of life.

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1208516_10151709759724213_1872285655_nHibiscus Coffee & Guesthouse in Grayton Beach is hosting a “Mimosas for Mutts” fundraising event this Sunday, August 25, from 11 am to 2 pm for Alaqua Animal Refuge —Walton County’s “no-kill” animal shelter.

Volunteers will be pouring champagne and orange juice for donations to the refuge to help with costs arising when the facility was asked by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office to take in nearly 100 dogs and 6 horses resulting from an ongoing animal abuse investigation. The sudden influx of animals doubled their dog population overnight and put the already strained facility at maximum occupancy. [read more about this tragic case]

Also, don’t miss the Alaqua Support Event at Redd’s Fueling Station this Thursday at 6:30pm! Another great opportunity to help!!

To make matters worse, for legal reasons, AAR is not allowed to adopt out any of the dogs until the ongoing criminal case has been resolved. Consequently, the facility and its volunteers are operating in “emergency management” mode.

Alaqua is also in desperate need of supplies and are asking for donations of:

Paper towels
Large, heavy-duty garbage bags
Pedigree canned adult and puppy food
Pedigree Little Champions pouches of food (pate style preferred)
Bleach
Sheets
Laundry detergent

Monetary and supply donations can be made at Hibiscus during the event or brought to the facility at 914 Whitfield Road in Freeport. Donations can also be made online at www.alaquaanimalrefuge.org/HowtoHelp

Dine 4 Danny

On August 31st, select South Walton restaurants will host Dine 4 Danny — a dine-out fundraiser to support Danny Margagliano, a former South Walton Fire District fireman and paramedic who was paralyzed in a diving accident, leaving him to struggle daily with overwhelming medical expenses and needs.

How can you help?

It’s simple. Just dine at one of the participating restaurants below on Saturday, August 31st when a percentage of all their sales will go to benefit Donations 4 Danny:

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Alys Beach 5K

Click here to register online!

The Alys Beach 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run is this Sunday, September 1st. The 5K starts at 8am, while the 1-Miler for children 12 and under starts at 9:30am. It’s all to benefit Seaside School Foundation.

Online registration is available through midnight on Friday, August 30th, while remaining registrations will be sold on Saturday from 10-2pm at Fonville Press.

Packet pick-up is also from 10-2pm on Saturday, August 31 at Fonville Press or from from 6:30-7:30am on Sunday, September 1 in Alys Beach’s Amphitheatre. No registrations are available on race day!

The cost is $35 for the the 5K online, and $50 on Saturday. The 1-Mile registrations are just $10 online or $20 on Saturday.

On your mark… Get set… GO!