Slices of 30A: Your 30A & South Walton Real Estate Blog - Local News from 30A

Whether you're a full-time South Walton resident or absentee 30A property owner,  we'll keep you posted on what's happening along the Beaches of South Walton. Our local news covers
a wide range of topics from the Coastal Dune Lakes, news about upcoming public meetings, new developments, South Walton Schools and much more.

It has been observed that the joy of giving lasts longer than the joy of getting.

Volunteering and supporting community organizations is one way to deepen social connections and an overall sense of belonging. It’s also a fun and easy way to explore your interests and passions. Just ask any volunteer in South Walton!

We are fortunate to belong to a strong community of groups and organizations focused on benefiting the people, places, and natural surroundings that make our area so special. There are numerous organizations to pick from, including habitat preservation, helping children and families, or bringing together a thriving arts community. 

CLICK HERE for a list of non-profit organizations you can support.

One such organization is

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If your plans include spending the holiday here at the beach, we've put together a list of restaurants offering dine-in and take-out options: HERE

We hope this Thanksgiving day is filled with feasting, laughing, and making good memories for each one of you!


Warmest wishes, The Sales Team at Davis Properties

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Saying 'goodbye' to the iconic old fishing pier was more bitter than sweet for many locals and long-time visitors to Camp Helen State Park. Sadly, the pier remnants had become a public safety hazard and were permanently removed this past spring, ahead of hurricane season. But now, peering from the southwest shore of Lake Powell is a nearly completed 142-foot ADA boardwalk and dock. The new dock will sport six boat slips and an ADA fishing platform. 

Construction of the boardwalk and dock is to be completed in early 2023. Plans for a new parking area, restrooms, and pavilion are slated for the area north of U.S. Hwy 98 (no start date yet). 

This serene, 180-acre State Park is surrounded by water on three sides, with Lake Powell, a rare coastal…

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Due to vigorous construction projects surrounding the town center's pavilion, the Farmers Market at Watersound Origins Town Center is postponed to Spring 2023.

However, the Holiday event scheduled for December 23rd, the Candyland Christmas Extravaganza, will still go ahead!

The Farmers Market will return in full swing with another grand re-opening in Spring 2023! Stay in touch on their Facebook page.

Here are other locations with community Farmers' Markets happening year-round:

  • Saturday's in Seaside and Grand Boulevard
  • Sunday's in Rosemary Beach

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Since last August, Deer Lake State Park has been closed for improvements, but the nearly 2,000-acre state park re-opened this week with new parking for cars, bikes, golf carts, new picnic areas, and restrooms.

For many years, this beautiful state park went unnoticed by most visitors. In fact, at one point, this secluded spot was known as the area's unofficial nude beach! In recent years, efforts to revitalize interest in the park have happened through non-profit organizations like Friends of Grayton Beach & Deer Lake State Parks.

The trailhead and entrance to the state park are in Seagrove Beach, nestled between two other Coastal Dune Lakes, Eastern Lake, and Camp Creek Lake. A .3-mile dune walkover provides incredible views of Deer Lake and the…

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Walton County has officially designated October as Coastal Dune Lake Month. This is a new designation and a unique way to honor our unique Coastal Dune Lakes through education and activities.

In celebration of the past 20 years of protection efforts, the board will host a month-long celebration to include community education and outreach, coastal dune lake cleanup activities, tours of the coastal dune lakes, restoration activities, and more. Here are events you can enjoy and participate in:

Every Saturday in October • DIY Coastal Dune Lake Clean-Up

Oct 5th & 19th • Lecture and Nature Trail Tour: Panhandle Outdoor Live

Oct 12th and 17th • Award-winning documentary on WFSU (PBS) Jewels of The Emerald Coast  

Oct 18th & 20th • Deer Lake…

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Hurricane Ian is now downgraded to a Tropical Storm as of Thursday but still churning its way through Central Florida as it moves into the Atlantic. The impacts of the storm are historic in terms of damage, flooding, and storm surge. 

Several organizations are on the ground already assisting those affected by the storm. If you'd like to help, here are some organizations already accepting donations for victims of Hurricane Ian: 

  • Florida Disaster Relief - Official disaster relief coordinates with governmental and non-governmental organizations in the state
  • American Red Cross - Accepting donations to provide shelter, supplies, and other relief
  • Feeding Florida - An organization coordinating with national food banks across the state to…

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Lots of fun events are happening on and around Scenic 30A during the month of October. We've put together some of the highlights for you, so you don't miss out!:

Oct 1 •  Forest Williams Band

Hibiscus Coffee & Guesthouse • hibiscusflorida.com


Oct 7  •  Houndfest Beer Dinner

Idyll Hounds Brewery • facebook/houndfest


Oct 9 • Porch Fest at Watersound

Watersound Origins  •  facebook/porchfest


Oct 13  •  Film series at Eden Garden St Park

Facebook/fall-film-series


Oct 13-16  •  Harvest Wine & Food Festival 

Watercolor  • dcwaf.org


Oct 21-22  •  Alys Beach Crafted

Alys Beach Amphitheater • Alysbeachcrafted.com


Oct 28  •  Alys Beach Annual Halloween Festival

Alys Beach •…

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Fall is just around the corner! And there will be plenty of fun things to do throughout the season on the beaches of 30A and South Walton. Here are a few activities scheduled for the rest of this month. Check back each month for more!

The Emerald Coast Theater is Celebrating 10 Years with “An Enchanted Evening” by Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. Friday, September 16, 5:30-9:30 pm.

North Beach Social Octoberfest, German Beer & food all day Sunday, September 18.

E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center in Freeport hosting “Fallapalooza,” a nature-based Festival. Saturday, September 24, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Stinky’s Bait Shack Songwriters Performance Series, August – December, Every Wednesday & Thursday, 8:00 – 10:00 pm. Check for schedule changes online.

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South Walton, FL – The Walton County Tourism Department and the Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles are, once again, hosting an International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) day on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9 – 11 a.m.

Both residents and visitors are encouraged to participate. Volunteer Beach Ambassador teams will be hosting groups at five South Walton Regional Beach Accesses listed below:

  1. Inlet Beach Regional Access, 139 S Orange St., Inlet Beach
  2. Santa Clara Regional Access, 3468E Co Hwy 30A, Seagrove
  3. Ed Walline Regional Access, 4447 W Co Hwy 30A, Gulf Place
  4. Dune Allen Regional Access, 5999 W Co Hwy 30A, Dune Allen
  5. Miramar Beach Regional Access, 2375 Scenic Gulf Dr., Miramar Beach

Participants can choose to count their collected…

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