Pool and Cabana at The Pearl. Picture courtesy: Tommy Crow Photography

Pool and Cabana at The Pearl. Picture courtesy: Tommy Crow Photography

St. Joe Club & Resorts was a big winner in this year’s Forbes Travel Guide Star Ratings. Two hotels in it’s collection, WaterColor Inn & Resort and The Pearl Hotel, along with WaterColor Inn’s onsite restaurant, Fish Out of Water, received four-star ratings.

This is the first time that Forbes Travel Guide has named The Pearl Hotel, which opened in August 2013, to this prestigious list, and the first time Fish Out of Water received the honor. WaterColor Inn & Resort has maintained its four-star rating for three consecutive years.

In honor of the occasion, The Pearl Hotel is offering a special ‘Four-Star Experience’ package. Guests will receive a $444 hotel credit when they stay four nights so they can fully enjoy the hotel’s four-star amenities.

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Sean Murphy

We’re looking for models for our 2015 30A Gear photo shoot, to be held in April. This year, our photographer will be the larger-than-life Sean Murphy.

During his career, Sean has photographed such icons as Christina Aguilera, Kid Rock, Blink 182, Michael Bublé, Lincoln Park, Jack Black, Green Day, Weezer, Patricia Arquette, Owen Wilson and countless others. His portfolio of world-class corporate clients includes AT&T, Billabong, Ford, Google, Hard Rock, Microsoft, Nike, Red Bull, Sony and YOLO Board, to name a few.

We’ve worked with Sean before, and we can promise that it’s an exhilarating experience that you’ll never forget!

This will be a fun beach lifestyle shoot spanning 1-2 days, so think 30A Gear, swimsuits, YOLO Boards, funky beach cruisers, beach chairs, sunscreen and bonfires.

Here’s what we’re looking for:

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30ajuly

Spring Break is right around the corner, folks, and we’re ready to welcome tens of thousands of visitors this season! Here’s a quick snapshot of when the major colleges, universities and school systems will be here:

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Shirley as Shirley Valentine (2)

Shirley Simpson as Shirley Valentine

Tickets are now on sale for ‘Leading Ladies’, a new theater piece written and performed by Shirley Simpson and staged for the first time for Emerald Coast Theatre Company, a non-profit professional theater company based in Miramar Beach.

In this one-woman show, Simpson will bring to life legendary leading ladies such as Katharine Hepburn, Erma Bombeck, Gracie Allen, Shirley Valentine and more. Simpson has performed each of these unforgettable women to great acclaim during solo performances, but never before has she portrayed them all on stage during the same evening.

UPDATE: The performance has been postponed to a later date. Watch this space for an announcement.

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Alan Hunter

Alan Hunter

This week, 30A Radio’s DAWN PATROL chats with Alan Hunter, MTV’s very first video disc jockey, who has been vacationing in the 30A area since he was a child. Hunter talks about the early days of MTV, the infamous MTV Spring Break, and interviewing musical greats like The Psychedelic Furs, Ozzy Osborne, Frank Zappa, Billy Joel, and Madonna before everyone in the world knew who Madonna was.

Plus, you’ll hear about some of Hunter’s favorite spots on 30A and his thoughts on music today — all on this week’s episode of DAWN PATROL!

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Bill Horn

Bill Horn

Marine biologist and reef expert Bill Horn has joined the South Walton Artificial Reef Association as their newest board member.

Horn is highly respected across Florida for his scientific contribution and knowledge of artificial reefs and fisheries management issues. He recently retired from a career as a fisheries biologist with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Artificial Reef Program and returned home to Seagrove Beach, his hometown since 1959.

“This is kind of like having Joe Montana come out of Notre Dame and want to play for your team,” said Andy McAlexander, president of the South Walton Artificial Reef Association. “We are honored and humbled to have him join us.”

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