Thanks to local Jessica Czekala for representing 30A so perfectly during our 30A Gear + Truman photo shoot last night…

30A South Walton 2013 07 01 19.19.34 2 v4 Sneak Peek: 30A Gear Photo Shoot

More scenes from yesterday’s shoot on Grayton Beach:

30A South Walton Jim Bagby Jim Bagby Appointed Executive Director of South Walton Tourist Development Council

Jim Bagby

The South Walton Tourist Development Council (TDC) announced that Jim Bagby will serve as its new Executive Director. In his new role, Bagby will be responsible for managing all departments of our TDC including marketing, communications, sales, administration and beach maintenance.

“I’m very excited about my new role with Walton County,” said Bagby. “The TDC has a very talented team and I look forward to working with them to engage the community.”

Bagby’s prior experience includes 24 years in the United States Army with a variety of operational and staff assignments throughout the world. For the last decade, Bagby has served as Town Manager of Rosemary Beach, responsible for all facets of community operations including budgeting, personnel, security, events and property owner services.

Congrats and best of success in your new role, Jim! We look forward to this exciting new chapter for Walton County…

Yesterday morning — when a waterspout suddenly formed and rapidly approached the shore in Seagrove — South Walton Fire District lifeguards Brad Stewart and Joel Chapman scrambled to help surprised visitors seek shelter. But as one family struggled to reach safety, Stewart took immediate and selfless action… Click here for the full story in the Northwest Florida Daily News.

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30A South Walton clean beach 960 Volunteers Needed for South Walton Independence Day Beach Cleanup


South Walton Community Council seeks volunteers for this year’s BEACH CLEANUP to be held this Friday, July 5th from 7:00am – 9:00am. Trash bags, gloves and bottled water will be provided. To volunteer, simply meet at one of these Regional Beach Accesses:

Miramar Beach
Dune Allen Beach
Ed Walline Park
Blue Mountain Beach
Grayton Beach
Butler (between Seaside / WaterColor)
Inlet Beach

They also need a few volunteers at each beach access to hand out water, bags and gloves. If you can help at one of these specific locations, please call Bill Schultz at 850-231-0947 or email him.

For more information, please visit

30A South Walton Meyer Board 810 Win This $795 Landboard from Meyer Boarding Company!

Click here now to win!

Founded in 1985, Meyer Boarding Company is South Walton’s homegrown skim, skate and surf board manufacturer, offering a wide selection of handcrafted, custom boards created individually from start to finish — and all made 100% in the U.S.A.

Now they’re giving away this special custom landboard to one lucky 30A fan!

This beautiful custom landboard was hand-painted by 2013 Visit South Walton Artist of the Year Andy Saczynski. It measures 58″x15″ and is valued at $795.

There’s absolutely no fee to enter, and the deadline for all entries is July 12, 2013. After you enter, be sure to “share” the contest to earn BONUS ENTRIES in order to really increase your chances of winning.

Click here now to win!

Finally, after you enter to win, be sure to check out this cool video for a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Meyer Boarding Company:

30A South Walton A. Wickey Studio Gallery Grand Opening A. Wickey Studio Gallery Grand Opening in Seacrest

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A.Wickey Studio-Gallery has moved+expanded+multiplied and now they’re ready to celebrate!

Click here for your chance to win one of Allison’s stunning original paintings, valued at $2,700!

Join Allison and friends for their grand opening shindig on Thursday, July 11th from 6-9PM. Meet their eclectic mix of gallery artists while touring  out their spacious new 2,000 square foot digs located behind Peddlers Pavillion in Seacrest Beach (between Alys Beach and Rosemary Beach).

There will be live music by esteemed Sinfonia violinist Kate Kelley, wine by 30A’s very own Krutz Family Cellars, local draft by Grayton Beer Company, delicious bites by Raw & Juicy + a chance to win an Allison Wickey original painting!

To learn more, call 850-588-2551 or visit

30A South Walton 2013 YOLO Board Relay Series Race 2 Madra McDonald 1024x683 YOLO Board Relay Series at WaterColor on July 18

PHOTO: M Public Relations

The 2013 YOLO Board Relay Series continues on Thursday, July 18th, at 5:30pm at WaterColor’s BoatHouse on Western Lake.

This 6th Annual YOLO Board Relay Series (presented by Destin Real Estate Company) features relay-style competition between male and female teams of three in the Recreational division and the Next Level division. The light-hearted series includes racers of all skill levels and ages. It’s a family-friendly event and is free and open to the public.

The second race of four wrapped on June 13th, with area stand up paddlers stacking points for their respective teams. With only two relays to go, overall standings are as follows:

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You could win this $1,500 30A YOLO Board on July 4th simply by donating $5 right now to charity using PayPal:

30A South Walton 30A yolo 1 740x480 Charity Giveaway on July 4th