30A South Walton 30A girls from huntsville Welcome to 30A!

We want to give a 30A shout-out to our friends visiting from Huntsville, Alabama — We hope you’ve all enjoyed a fantastic week here at the beach!

FYI, these popular 30A Tanks are available in local shops and at 30Agear.com.

30A South Walton allison wickey Artist Allison Wickey to Speak at Havana Beach

Allison Wickey

Cultural Arts Alliance welcomes artist and gallery owner Allison Wickey as the featured speaker at their August Artist Program Lunch.

The 2011 South Walton Artist of the Year will be the special guest on Thursday, August 14 at 11:00am at Havana Beach at The Pearl in Rosemary Beach.

This program is FREE and open to the public, although please note that participants are responsible for the cost of their own lunch.

For more info or to RSVP, please call 850-622-5970.

30A South Walton pier park Pier Park North Grand OpeningThe St. Joe Company, CASTO and Strategic Retail Advisors formed a joint venture to develop Pier Park North, a 360,000 square foot shopping center located across from Pier Park Lifestyle Center on US Highway 98, just east of the intersection of State Road 79. Pier Park North features numerous well-known national retailers.

Grand Opening celebration will be held on Saturday, August 16th from 10 am – 2 pm. Bring the kids for FREE family-friendly activities, refreshments, games and prizes, store activities and promotions.

“We’re pleased with the commitments from national retailers that we’ve received,” said Park Brady, CEO of The St Joe Company. “Additionally, we’ve chosen to join forces with CASTO and SRA because of their strong retail development and leasing experience.”

The new development has excellent access and visibility as well as proximity to numerous tourist attractions and high income residential areas. Situated directly across from the already established Pier Park lifestyle center, Pier Park North will no doubt become a destination in its own right.

For more info, visit Pier Park North’s website.

30A South Walton 10390019 578150238949048 4158902442775107702 n YOLO Board Relay Series at The BayStandup paddle boarders and fans are preparing to wrap-up the 7th Annual YOLO Board Relay Series, presented by Sandcastle Escapes Vacation Rentals and Sales.

The final scheduled races (weather permitting) are set for Thursday, August 7th at The Bay, located at the foot of the 331 bridge in Santa Rosa Beach.


4:30 PM - Special Olympics Florida Athletes Relay
5:30 PM - Women’s Relay
6:00 PM - Men’s Relay
6:30 PM - CoEd Relay

Please arrive early to check-in. Carpooling is recommended, and The Bay will have valet parking available as well as overflow parking across the street. A deputy will be on hand to assist anyone crossing Highway 331. The Bay will of course serve up great food and Grayton Beer will be on-hand with beverages.

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30A South Walton unnamed 3 Carol Dickson is Coastal Branch Librarys Featured Artist for AugustFriends of the Coastal Branch Library announced that their featured artist for the month of August is Carol Dickson. Her works will be on display throughout the month.

Carol and her husband, Rob, moved to Santa Rosa Beach from the Eastern Shore of Maryland in 2001. In Maryland, Carol had a hobby that turned into a thriving business, weaving handmade baskets.

Carol has been weaving for over 30 years with reed, grapevines and pine needles. Basket classes are usually held once or twice a month in towns from Crestview to Rosemary Beach. Dickson is still as excited about weaving now as she was when creating her first basket in North Carolina in 1983.

In 2005, Carol took her first watercolor class in Destin.

“When I walked out with a completed painting at the end of the first class, I was hooked,” she recalls.

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30A South Walton Lauren Lege Ten Books for Your Beach BagBy Lauren Lege

People come to the beach to relax, and do, well, as little as possible. But after three hours of baking in the sun, you may find your mind looking for an outlet other than staring into a phone that’s probably looking more like a mirror at this point. After visiting with several local bookstores, we got the insider’s opinion of what to read this summer. So, here are 10 great books for your beach bag, as recommended by the staff at Sundog Books, and basically anyone lounging outside of Amavida Coffee with a book in their hand:

30A South Walton The Vacationers UK Ten Books for Your Beach BagThe Vacationers by Emma Straub

Straub describes her book as “an irresistible, deftly observed novel about the secrets, joys, and jealousies that rise to the surface over the course of an American family’s two-week stay in Mallorca.” And People magazine says it’s, “Delicious… richly riveting… The Vacationers offers all the delights of a fluffy, read-it-with-sunglasses-on-the-beach read, made substantial by the exceptional wit, insight, intelligence and talents of its author.”

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Courtney Maum

I’m Having So Much Fun Here Without You by Courtney Maum

Glamour named this book one of the “10 Best Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List Right This Second.” It’s about a “failed monogamist” who tries to woo back his estranged wife in pursuit of the answer to this question: Is it possible to fall back in love with your spouse?

“A great story about love and marriage… Very enchanting, a good beach read.” — TODAY Show

Sarah at Sundog Books shares a few of her recommended reads:

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30A South Walton Gulf Place 175 Gulf Place is a Pet Lovers ParadiseWith a sprawling grass amphitheater, plenty of sidewalks, park benches, outdoor dining spaces, and a super-cute cluster of shops that specifically cater to the whims of every pooch, Gulf Place is undoubtedly Scenic Highway 30A’s pet-friendliest place. Unofficially called “Bark Avenue,” this family of pet-centric merchants is on every local pet owner’s speed-dial list.

Furry Fanatics: Pet Supplies

56 Spires Lane, Unit 12A | 850-278-6902 | www.furry-fanatics.com

Furry Fanatics offers a complete and unique selection of all-natural pet foods, treats, supplies and novelties. Owner Julie Brown is simply the kindest, sweetest soul you’ll ever meet, and her genuine passion for all-things-animals is evident from the first moment you walk through the doors. Furry Fanatics also carries official “30A” and “Dogs of 30A” pet gear. Furry Fanatics is the must-stop spot for treats following every grooming and vet visit.

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30A South Walton Book Cover 740 x 480 NEW BOOK! Meet Me on 30A by Susan Vallee

Cover Photo by Brandon Babineaux

We are super-excited to announce that our very first 30A book is now hitting local shelves! The book — published by Southwestern Publishing Group — is entitled Meet Me on 30A and it’s written by long-time local resident and author Susan Vallee. 

In the book, Susan delicately blends together Old Florida village life with New Urbanism’s resorts and towns, protected habitats and pristine beaches, as only someone who enjoys it every day could do. But Susan’s certainly not the only local who helped pull together this gorgeous 128-page book.

“The book features stunning images by so many world-class photographers,” said 30A’s Mike Ragsdale, who wrote the book’s foreword. “The book also features over two dozen recipes from 30A’s top chefs and restaurants.”

The book features photography by Lauren Alsobrook, Brandon Babineaux, Jamie Conley, Tommy Crow, Amanda FaganJack Gardner, Sheila Goode, Paul Johnson, Shelly Swanger, Jay Thomas, Jacqueline Ward and Dawn Chapman Whitty among others. The dozens of images found throughout the book perfectly capture the unique beauty of 30A’s communities, rare coastal dune lakes, state parks, local restaurants and shops, signature annual events, and of course, Scenic 30A’s pristine white-sand beaches.

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