30A South Walton web cdl 0420 EPISODE 4 of New Documentary About 30As Coastal Dune Lakes Released

The outfall of Western Lake, the coastal dune lake found within Grayton Beach State Park.

Over the past few months, conservationist and documentary filmmakers Elam Stoltzfus and his son Nic Stoltzfus – who comprise the core team at Live Oak Production Group – have been extremely busy taking photos, shooting videos, and posting online updates about their latest documentary project.

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Elam Stoltzfus

They recently received funding for the project from the St. Joe Community Foundation, and are now in full production mode — researching, scripting and filming educational videos that reveal fascinating new details about South Walton‘s rare coastal dune lakes.

The documentary is being created to address public awareness and educational needs that surround these natural treasures. Powerful images are being expertly captured to showcase the natural, cultural, recreational, scientific and educational uniqueness of this coastal dune lake region, and then they’re coupled with fascinating stories that include facts about the rich and colorful history of pre-development here.

The team’s blog features numerous related articles and photo essays, as well as video glimpses of the new project. The first video is a basic and beautiful introduction to our local lakes, while the second video delves deeper and features interviews with experts and locals such as Dr. Sarah Schindele, Ginger Sinton, Clarire Bannerman, Edmond Alexander and Jacquee Markel. The third video installment introduces the Coastal Dune Lakes Advisory Board, comprised of volunteers and professionals who care for these precious natural resources. In the newly released 4th video, various locals describe just how much these natural “jewels” mean to them.

Here are 4 video previews of this exciting project-in-progress:

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Ever dream of moving to the beach? Before you do, there’s a ‘secret code’ that permeates our laid-back flip-flop culture. After you’ve been around for a while, you’ll gradually figure some of these things out on your own. But for anyone who wants to study-up in advance, here are 30 tips from 30A locals that will help you ease right in…

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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Heed our beach flag system!

1. “Always pay attention our beach flag system, and swim near one of the nine lifeguard towers stationed at our public beach accesses.”

– Rick Talbert, South Walton Fire District

2. “Don’t text and drive any time, but especially not on 30A. There are simply too many pedestrians and cyclists.”

– Dave Rauschkolb, Bud & Alley’s

3. “Pack healthy snacks for your beach days! At 91% water, watermelon is a perfect snack to keep you hydrated and satisfied.”

– Joe & Crissy Thibodeau, ThiBod Fitness

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30A South Walton 10478432 462496167220254 2121232069309569864 n1 Hungry Native SUP Sprint Classic SeriesHungry Boards presents the SUP Sprint Classic Series on Saturday, July 26th and August 9th at Pickos Ski and Wakeboard School in Santa Rosa Beach.

There will be 100, 200 and 400 yard races, 1/4 and 1/2 mile Sprint Races, a Slalom Race, a Turn Race, a Team Phun Relay and a Fun Race for kids and grown ups. Prizes will be given to all race winners.

To participate, simply click ‘Going’ on the event page and that will automatically pre-register you. The tournament gives you a chance to win over $1,000 in prizes.

For more info, follow Hungry Boards on Facebook or call 850-267-1197.

30A South Walton beyonce Beyoncé Needs a Forever HomeBeyoncé is a sweet German Shepherd / Hound Mix looking for someone to ‘put a collar on her.’

Having just returned from a training program called “Unconditional Love,” this beautiful girl is one of the most easy-going, fun-loving dogs currently sheltered at Alaqua Animal Refuge. Take her home and you’ll have a loyal friend for life.

Here’s a log of her eventful life, in her own words:

2014 has been a very big year for me. I am a German Shepherd/Hound Mix and just a youngster of about three years old. I have kept a diary since January so that I could share it one day:

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30A South Walton Sweet Henriettas 3 Cakes, Pies and All Things Nice at Sweet Henrietta’s

Sweet 30A Locals, Rick & Tina Stanfield

Banana pudding cupcakes, key lime pie cupcakes, even the ’30A Heat’ cupcake… Sweet Henrietta’s has been providing 30A with their mouth-watering cupcakes, cookies, cakes and more since 2007.

30A fans have consistently voted Sweet Henrietta’s as one of 30A’s “Hot Spots for Baked Goodies,” and the owners, Rick and Tina Stanfield, are regarded as some of the sweetest locals you’ll ever meet — literally and figuratively.

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30A South Walton 2014 ECBC Top Marlin Reel Worthless Awards Record Payout Purse for 2014 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic

The 12th annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic took place in June at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, and team Reel Worthless scored big. Angler Steve Brown and his team combined with the Reel Fuelish crew to land the biggest—and only—blue marlin of the 2014 Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic.

That 594.9-pound fish was worth an ECBC record payout of $498,450, topping the previous mark set by UPTOIT in 2008 by more than $61,000.

Reel Worthless swept the marlin division, top crew and all but one of the optional jackpot entries to claim the biggest share of the overall $1.68 million in prize money.

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30A South Walton george 800 300x222 Georges at Alys Beach Raises $7,500 to Help with 22 Year Olds Cancer Treatment

Bailey Byrd was a carefree twenty-one year old waitress at George’s at Alys Beach when she started feeling tremendous pain in her abdomen. She was later diagnosed with a rare form of Ovarian Cancer Juvenile Granulosa Cell Tumor, which is most commonly present during the perimenopausal or early postmenopausal period, with a median age of diagnosis between 50 and 54 years.

To help raise money for her surgery and medical bills, George’s recently hosted Bailey’s Day at George’s and raised over $7,500 in one day to help her cause.

“It was a pleasure to see our community come together and help such a sweet young woman,” said Ann Hartley of George’s at Alys Beach. “People showed up in their Bailey t-shirts, servers gave their total tips for the day, and customers reached deep in their pockets and put cash in the donation jar. It was truly an amazing day and touched many hearts.”

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South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA) is a grass-roots, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to raising funds to build beach-accessible artificial reefs in the coastal waters along our local beaches, for the benefit and health of both the environment and our South Walton community. You can help in many ways, but one super-cool and easy way is to buy one of the new official SWARA t-shirts!

The new shirts are available for sale at Stinky’s Fish Camp, Hungry Boards, The Red Bar and Yellowfin Ocean Sports.

For additional information about the benefits of artificial reefs, check out mbara.org and follow SWARA on Facebook!

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