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The RED BAR - Grayton Beach FL

In the early morning hours of February 19, 2019 tragedy struck in Grayton Beach when the Red Bar caught fire and burned to the ground. The Petit family, owners of the famed local bar, vowed to rebuild using the same footprint of the former building and that intended to come back stronger and even better.

Last week, only 17 months following the fire, the doors to the iconic REDBAR reopened fulfilling the Petit’s promise to their customers, staff and employees.

In response to the overwhelming support received from their customer’s and fans the following message was posted on the RedBar Facebook page:

Dear friends, neighbors and family,
We can't describe how excited and humble we are about the reopening of our beloved RedBar. We are very…

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Walton County Schools Fall Reopening Plan

Schools in Walton County Florida are scheduled to reopen on August 10th.  Because of COVID-19, this year will look very different for students and parents here in Northwest Florida and all across the country.  Superintendent Russell Hughes revealed his plans and what parents’ options will be for the upcoming year.  Get the full story here:     Educational Options for Walton County Students

For more information on Walton Schools, visit:    WALTON SCHOOL DISTRICT

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Inlet Beach Pedestrian Underpass Project 

On Tuesday, June 9, 2020, the Walton County commissioners voted unanimously to authorize payment of $1.25 million to the state of Florida for the county's share of funding for a new pedestrian underpass located in Inlet Beach Florida.  The underpass is located at the entrance to County Road 30A in Inlet Beach.   According to the FDOT (Florida Depart of Transportation.) website, the project will include an underpass across US 98 to provide a grade separated crossing that allows non-interrupted flow of pedestrian access across US 98, increasing safety and mobility of both pedestrians and vehicular traffic. 

 

In a related vote the commissioners voted to sign a maintenance agreement with  where the county agrees to take care of lighting,…

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Beaches of South Walton

The Beaches of South Walton experienced high surf, rip currents and double red conditions most of last week due to effects from Tropical Storm Cristobal which made landfall further west.   South Walton Beach Lifeguards, Walton County Sheriff's department and EMS were kept busy with emergency calls and water rescues all week long in spite of double red flags flying with warnings that the water was closed to swimmers. 

According to a post on the Walton County Sheriff's Facebook page on June 9th Beach Safety Patrol,  Walton Sheriffs, South Walton Fire Department and EMS were all kept hopping last week as beach goers ignored the double red flags flying.  Double Reds are a signal to all that the beach is closed to swimming due to unsafe surf conditions…

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Cultural Arts Alliance Emergency Relief Grant Program

 

The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) announces applications are open for the second round of grants from its Emergency Relief Fund for Artists (ERFA). The Fund was established in April to address the immediate economic needs of local, professional artists who have experienced loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications will be accepted weekly through August 28th through the CAA’s website, and grant awards will be available within one week of approval.

A fundraising campaign has also been launched to ensure that funds remain available as long as necessary. Walton County residents and CAA Members Shawn and Richard Tomasello have already pledged a matching donation of $100,000 for the fund and challenge other…

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Watersound Origins Community Entrance

The new  Watersound Origins Crossings Apartment Community is a multi-family luxury apartment community that is nearing completion and will soon be available for long term lease.  This exciting new development is part 'of the St. Joe Company's current project expansion at Watersound Origins located immediately west of Inlet Beach.  The project consists of 1, 2, and 3-bedroom apartments along with a larger 3-bedroom townhouse option.  Residents will have access to  a range of distinctive features and amenities including an expansive resort-style pool, state of the art fitness center,  and direct access to Lake Powell. 

These new residences will include luxury finishes, stainless-steel appliances, walk-in showers, screened in patios and an added…

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Yolo Bike DonersCountry Music Singer Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line and his wife Brittney Kelley partnered up with YOLO Co-founder Jeff Archer to donate 15 bicycles to the Walton County Sheriff's office for agency use.  The YOLO Bolt electric bicycles were outfitted for deputies by I will Design for Food, Inc. complete with stickers and branding. The bicycles will be used by the agency’s District 3 and District 4 deputies serving along the 30a corridor. Each deputy will be issued a helmet and safety equipment while they put the bikes to use on the roadway.

The bike provides a pedal-assist for deputies so they can easily travel along the 30a communities while saving some of their energy.“We’re able to get into a lot of the smaller neighborhoods and beat the…

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Inlet Beach Pedestrian Underpass Project

On Tuesday, June 9, 2020, the Walton County commissioners voted unanimously to authorize payment of $1.25 million to the state of Florida for the county's share of funding for a new pedestrian underpass located in Inlet Beach Florida.  The underpass is located at the entrance to County Road 30A in Inlet Beach.   According to the FDOT (Florida Depart of Transportation.) website, the project will include an underpass across US 98 to provide a grade separated crossing that allows non-interrupted flow of pedestrian access across US 98, increasing safety and mobility of both pedestrians and vehicular traffic. 

In a related vote the commissioners voted to sign a maintenance agreement with  where the county agrees to take care of lighting, landscaping…

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Seaside FL - Katrina Cottages to be Repurposed as the Site is Redeveloped  

The Seaside Institute™ will oversee the removal of the Academic Village cottages located in Seaside™ which have provided a place for students of all ages to learn, study, collaborate and reflect for over seven years.

The Seaside Institute’s Academic Village was completed in August 2013. This long-desired addition to the Lyceum area in Seaside is a concept that was discussed by Seaside’s founders, Seaside Institute Academic Village

Robert and Daryl Davis, since the early 1980s. The purpose of the village was to provide much-needed affordable housing for students, faculty and professionals who travel to Seaside to study or to participate in the town’s civic and cultural events. Located right in the…

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We’ve put together FAQ’s and guide to assist before and during your stay along 30A and the Beaches of South Walton. 

 WHAT SHOULD WE PLAN FOR BEFORE ARRIVAL? 

Bring provisions for your visit.  With many additional visitors to the area during summer months, food & general supply inventory may not keep up with increased demand. 

Pack a supply of hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, paper towels and toilet paper.  These high demand items are hard to come by here at the beach - just like they are where you live, so it's best to come prepared. 

30A Shops, restaurants and local business may require use of face masks while in their establishments so pack one for everyone in your group. 

Go to VISIT SOUTH WALTON for the latest information and new…

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