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Grayton Beach, FL
- Earlier this week, nine new sculptures were added to the nation’s first permanent Underwater Museum of Art (UMA) in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Grayton Beach State Park in South Walton, Fla.

The 2022 installation includes the following pieces of sculpture (in order from left to right): The Seed and The Sea by Davide Galbiati (Valreas, France), Common Chord by Vince Tatum (Santa Rosa Beach, FL), Pirate Shipwreck by Sean Coffey (Pittsburgh, PA), Arc of Nexus by Tina Piracci (Richmond, CA), We All Live Here by Marisol Rendón (San Diego, CA), New Homes by Janetta Napp (Honolulu, HI), Bloom Baby Bloom by Brit Deslonde (Santa Rosa Beach, FL), Fibonacci Conchousness by Anthony Heinz May (Eugene, OR), Currents and Tafoni by Joe…

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Did you know there are more than 50 beach, bay, and lake access points in South Walton? The types of access vary from Regional Beach Access (including parking, restrooms and showers, and ADA-compliant boardwalks) to Neighborhood Beach Access (for walk-up traffic access), and Bay & Lake access with boat ramps and restrooms. Currently, there are 9 Regional Beach Access points ----with one more coming soon, just south of Cafe Thirty-A---- and 43 Neighborhood Beach Access points scattered all along 30A. To view all current beach, bay & lake access locations, go to visitsouthwalton.com 


Coming soon to Gulf Place is a large parking area with transportation facilities, similar to what is planned at Grayton Beach. Seaside is already offering their guests…

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Along with the 30A Songwriters Festival Summer Series events, there are some other FREE events planned at The Pavilion at Watersound® Town Center. Check out the full line-up below:

Presented by the Cultural Arts Alliance and Russell Carter Artist Management, the Songwriters Festival Summer Series is part of a unique arts and cultural entertainment lineup at The Pavilion at Watersound® Town Center this summer, with three slots set to feature artists from the popular 30A Songwriters Festival. 

Shawn Mullins Trio - June 9, 2022

Amanda Platt & The Honeycutters - July 14, 2022

J & The Causeways - August 11, 2022

Since its inception in 2010, the 4-day winter festival has become the biggest and most prestigious songwriters festival in the…

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South Walton, FL - Summer visitors to Walton County will once again be able to enjoy complimentary day-use admission to Grayton Beach State Park and Topsail Hill Preserve State Park from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

The Walton County Tourism Department is paying the cost of entry for day-use visitors to increase available parking for beachgoers during the peak visitation season, as well as raise awareness of the variety of eco-tourism activities South Walton offers. This year marks the eighth year of admission coverage for Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the sixth for Grayton Beach State Park.

“This is an opportunity to help encourage our residents and visitors to explore the natural beauty of our state parks,” says Matt Algarin, director of…

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Larry Davis Broker-Owner Davis Properties of NWFL

With mixed emotions, and after 11 years in Seagrove, this week Larry Davis, owner and broker of Davis Properties of NW Florida announced that he sold his Seagrove Beach office building (not the business) to another local firm.   In 2011 Davis had been in search of an ideal location to purchase and set up shop for his real estate company. When the vacant lot in Seagrove came available for purchase, he went and sat on the property in his Smart Car watching traffic and pedestrians go by. Davis recounts that within 10 minutes he counted over 70 bicyclists, runners, and walkers going past and he knew right then he found the ideal location.

His vision for the property was driven by an ardent desire to make the building and grounds something special and…

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Choctawhatchee Bay Pilings

 


When crossing the Hwy 331 Bridge in Santa Rosa Beach, (AKA: The Clyde B. Wells Bridge) have you noticed all the pilings in the distance on the east side and wondered what their story is?   They’re hard to miss as the large group of them actually spans a little over a mile long out in the Bay. The pilings provide a favorite perch and resting spot for the pelicans or cormorants who spend their days fishing the waters of the Choctawhatchee Bay.  

We've long heard local tales about the Bay Pilings and decided to do a little digging on our own to find out more about them.  While there's some genuine history to be found about the old pilings, there’s also some mystery, intrigue, and colorful stories surrounding them as well. 

According to the…

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SWARA-UMA Scultpure - South Walton Florida

 Sculpture Rendering COMMON CHORD: Santa Rosa Beach Florida Artist Vince Tatum 
                                                         

The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) and South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA) are proud to reveal the ten sculpture designs, including the museum’s first international selections, chosen by the jury for permanent exhibition in the fourth installation of the Underwater Museum of Art (UMA).  Deployment of the 2022 UMA installation is slated for Summer.

Named in 2018 by TIME Magazine as one of 100 “World’s Greatest Places,” the UMA is presented as part of CAA’s Art In Public Spaces Program and augments SWARA’s mission of creating marine habitat and expanding fishery populations while…

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It’s safe to say that as 2021 draws to a close, the 30A real estate market has been one for the record books. But more specifically, how do the numbers look for our current condominium market?

In today’s post, we have some surprising data that gives a very good perspective. We'll start first by giving a broad overview of our condominium market here at the beach. Most notable of all the numbers we looked at was that out of approximately 3,350+ condo units along 30A, there are only 57 units currently available for purchase!  

30A Condominium Profile

  • 132 Condo complexes located along the 30A corridor between Dune Allen Beach and Inlet Beach
  • 3,357 Total Available Units along 30A
  • 2 High-Rise condominium buildings. Both located within Seagrove…
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We're excited to unveil a brand new, beautiful edition of  IN • REVIEW Magazine with you!   This time IN • REVIEW's Local Features Section includes the Cultural Arts Alliance's upcoming MONARCH ART TRAIL unveiling on Friday, November 12th +  coverage on a new local brewery & taproom, Owner & Gardening Tips, 30A Fall Event's Calendar, and more.


As we've done in previous editions of IN • REVIEW, we break down 30A Market Trends from a unique and different perspective. Statistics that you'll discover include a 42% increase in the number of homes sold in  Seagrove Beach; Cash sales accounted for  58% of the homes sold in Blue Mountain Beach.  And one of the most interesting data points revealed a whopping 65% jump in the median price of  Seagrove…

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ODD PELICAN BEER COMPANY

Serving Up Flavorful Beer for The Fun-Loving Crowd

 

Long-timSEASIDE SUDSe local and private chef Hunter Davis and business partner Anne Margaret Harrison have teamed up combining the best of their business   experience, talents, and backgrounds to launch the area’s newest brewery and taproom, ODD PELICAN BEER CO. Davis and Harrison have gotten off to a solid start in the business by securing a SEASIDE® license to make and distribute an exclusive brew aptly named “Seaside Suds.” ODD PELICAN BEER CO currently offers three other specialty brews including “The SUMMIT,” “Black Creek Stout” and “SPECTACLE”.

 Hunter and Anne Margaret also have a shared passion for giving back to the community and supporting local non-profit organizations. Both are actively…

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