30A South Walton beach walk 252x252 The Panhandler... A Short Story

Photo: Jacqueline Ward Images

Burt sat on the pollen-laden hood of an otherwise maroon Honda Accord. It wasn’t his car, of course, but that didn’t matter. “This is a public beach,” he thought. “I can sit wherever I damn well want.”

He shifted his dark eyes up and down the bike path, scouring for a potential victim.

“Slim pickins today,” he thought.

Burt was a diehard local, having grown up along the Emerald Coast. In all his days, he had never strayed far from the water. He couldn’t explain why. Something primitive anchored him here; something ancient. Perhaps it was the soothing ebb and flow of the Gulf. Perhaps it was just the fresh seafood.

Still, Burt was a shiftless drifter; routinely meandering from Ft. Walton to Destin to Panama City, and back again. But this 20-mile stretch of sugary beaches along 30A was his favorite.

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PARKING: Satellite parking with free shuttle service to and from Gulf Place will be available at Arnett’s Gulfside Stables, Cross Point Chapel and St. Rita Catholic Church (all located along County Road 393 S.). The Green at Gulf Place, where the concert will be held, is located on the corner of Scenic Highway 30A and County Road 393. Watch for signs and parking attendants as you arrive. Please drive slowly and watch for pedestrians!

SCHEDULE: Gates open at 3:30pm, and Forrest Williams Band will entertain the crowd starting at 5:15pm. Gregg Allman will take the stage at 7:15pm.

TIPS: Fans are encouraged to bring low back chairs and blankets, but please note that no coolers, food or drink may be brought into the concert venue.

GET SOCIAL: If you’re at the concert today, be sure to hashtag your Instagram photos #30A and #gulfplace. You’ll see your photos live in the lower right side of 30A.com! If you can’t be here with us, watch this page for real-time videos during tonight’s show!

TICKETS: www.GulfPlaceEvents.com

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30A South Walton 352C24041 BACK FROM THE DEAD:<br>Dying Defender Finds Life Off The Beaten Path

Photography by Dawn Chapman Whitty • Story by Mike Ragsdale

Sincere thanks to our friends for their help with this photo shoot, including Louis and Kasie Petit of Louis Louis, Shannon and Ashley Johnson of September Sun, Bridgette Mitchell of The B Line, and Mike Whitty of The Courtyard Saints.

I was infected on New Year’s Eve 2011.

30A South Walton cappadocia turkey BACK FROM THE DEAD:<br>Dying Defender Finds Life Off The Beaten Path

Göreme, Turkey

It happened in a cave in Göreme, Turkey, a few hundred miles from the Syrian border. While our kids were busy Skyping with their friends back home (it was a very pleasant wi-fi enabled cave), Angela and I were throwing back shots of Turkish Raki with Brandon and Julie Halstead, two friends from Alabama that we hadn’t seen in nearly 20 years.

Snow dusted the surreal Tatooine-invoking sand spires that surround the tiny town, and despite a strong temptation to toast the magic midnight hour in some local haunt, we instead bunkered into our stone lair for the night, determined to catch up on lost years.

I did not know that Brandon was a carrier.

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30A South Walton 30Acover Gulf Place Announces Sunday Concert Series Lineup

Gulf Place on 30A

Gulf Place on 30A announced its full line-up for their Summer and Fall Sunday Concert Series. The series will take place every Sunday starting Memorial Day weekend through October.

Gulf Place’s weekly concerts are FREE and open to public. Every shows starts at 6:00pm and goes until 9:00pm.

Each week features a different local or regional group, spanning many musical genres. Performances are appropriate for attendees of all ages. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to enjoy the show from the Amphitheater lawn.

Here’s the official summer and fall line-up (although please note that dates and acts are subject to change without notice):

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Congrats to the winners of Stinky’s 4th Annual Pompano Tournament! The competition began on April 1st and ran through May 15th, 2014.

Overall Winners:
1st Place: Jerry Labakken (4.76#)
2nd Place: Bob Steeno (4.14#)
3rd Place: Lynn Ursey (3.58#)
4th Place: Jared Vanderbleek (3.18#)
5th Place: Matt Bodner (3.16#)

Youth Division Winner:
Ryan Generd (1.18#)

Calcutta Category Winners:
Bag Limit: Jerry Labakken (8 total)
Most Over 3#: Jerry Labakken (7 total)
Aggregate: Brandon Simon (13.3#)
Most Days Weighed: Brandon Simon (6 Total)

30A South Walton DG at Alys Beach 011 Dont Miss the Epic Digital Graffiti Festival on June 5 7Art, architecture and technology will converge when 27 digital artists from all corners of the globe set aglow the iconic alabaster walls, courtyards and pedestrian pathways of Alys Beach on June 5-7.

But that’s just the beginning of the excitement for Digital Graffiti 2014. This year, the world’s first art projection festival also will feature an exclusive behind-the-scenes sneak peek tour, an animated performance arts act, live interactive digital art, a haute magazine fashion photo shoot session, VJ and DJ stylings, and live social media feeds to keep festival goers connected.

INSIDERS TIP: Download the free DIGITAL GRAFFITI app for your IPHONE or ANDROID now

A surreal scene on Alys Beach's Lake Marilyn:

Here’s what’s in store for the year’s hottest event:

30A South Walton  Dont Miss the Epic Digital Graffiti Festival on June 5 7

Brett Phares

Curator’s Tour

Brett Phares, who has curated Digital Graffiti since its inception in 2008, is a visual artist working in computer visualization and installation. His tour is designed to give guests a sneak peek at some of the exciting new artwork for 2014. It is an exclusive opportunity to meet and talk one-on-one with some of the talented artists whose work has made Digital Graffiti one of the most vibrant and compelling projection art festivals in the world.

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Click here for behind-the-scenes videos from the Tennessee Titans cheerleaders swimsuit calendar shoot at The Pearl in Rosemary Beach.

Our new 30A Cargo Hats have “heavy washed” distressed edges along the bill, giving them a worn-in air of adventure. They feature a gray 30A embroidered logo on the front, and subtle embroidered “life shines” text on the back. It’s 100% cotton with an adjustable velcro strap, so one size fits all.

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