Suzanne LeLoup-West has been chosen as the Artist of the Month for September, when her artwork will adorn the walls of the Coastal Branch Library in Santa Rosa Beach.
Suzanne was born in Washington D.C. and has lived in New York, Ohio, California, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Florida. She now lives in the Ponce De Leon area with her husband, her rescue dog “Macy Gray” and her rescued “Cat Family”, Peachy, Jr. and Pumpkin.
“I am a self taught artist and have been painting since my teenage years,” said Suzanne. “I enjoy painting on most any surface and love to take old salvaged wood and transform it into something beautiful in a Folk Art style. I also paint nature inspired subjects on canvas in acrylic and refer to this as my ‘serious’ art.”
Click here to check out more of Suzanne’s work, and then learn more about our Coastal Branch Library.
Google announced that Santa Rosa Beach is Florida’s Digital Capital, honoring it with a 2013 eCity Award. Santa Rosa Beach is of course home to Scenic Highway 30A, and Google’s annual eCity Awards recognize the strongest online business community in each state.
“Visitors to Santa Rosa Beach enjoy the sand and sun, and — thanks to the strong web presence of its local businesses — anyone can look up hotels, restaurants, and day activities before a vacation,” said Google.
Google and an independent research firm analyzed the online strength of small businesses in all fifty states, including social media influences and other factors. The city with the highest score in each state was designated as the 2013 Google eCity.
“These cities’ businesses are using the web to find new customers, connect with existing customers and fuel their local economies,” said Google. “Across the country, businesses that are online expect to grow 40% faster.”
“I think this is quite an honor for a town of only 12,000 full-time residents, but I also think it’s well-deserved,” said 30A.com’s Mike Ragsdale. “We have free apps for Android and iPhone users, we have dozens of fantastic local bloggers, social media experts and online video companies, free local classifieds, thousands of Instagram photos, and our 30A Facebook community alone is over 240,000 fans strong. We’re very proud to be a part of such a thriving and progressive online business community.”
Arnett’s Gulfside Trails will host a special 2-day Labor Day Weekend Concert Series featuring performances by Kaci Bolls, The Myers Brothers, Joanna Cotten and Ray Scott, and special guests.
This event is presented by First Note Entertainment.
Admission is $25 per person, $40 for a VIP ticket or $60 for an all-weekend pass.
For ticket information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Several 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.
If 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.