Locals and Summer visitors to South Walton will once again be able to enjoy free day-use admission to Grayton Beach State Park and Topsail Hill State Park from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The Walton County Tourist Development Council is paying the cost of entry for day-use visitors in...
By Heather Bennett, The beauty of The Emerald Coast brings together people from many walks of life, political views, religions, and races. On Independence Day we celebrate the birth of our nation in one of the most beautiful locations in the country. While some of us may disagree over the...

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Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers, Saving Lives, Defying Death By Martha J. LaGuardia-Kotite, former Captain USCG Immense Pacific Ocean seas rolled ashore. The frigid salt water swept into the mouth of the Oregon cave at the foot of Cape Lookout with a roar so loud, the Coast Guard helicopter hovering above...
By Heather Bennett Food insecurity along The Emerald Coast is an ongoing issue that we have spotlighted with stories involving local food banks, churches, and food drives, but it’s not something we all think about. However, with many people out of work and kids home from school due to COVID-19...
Just in time for Memorial Day, vacation rentals in the Florida panhandle are allowed to book guests again. As of May 19th, officials have approved the Walton County plan to reopen short-term rentals effective immediately. View the Walton County Short Term-Rental Plan here. Walton, Bay, Okaloosa, Gulf, Franklin, Escambia, and...
By Heather Bennett It’s difficult not to feel a little anxious or antsy these days, especially when we are unsure of what each day will bring. Orders to stay home, to wear masks, to adhere to a nightly curfew change weekly. To loosely quote John Lennon, “these are strange days...
UPDATE from Governor DeSantis April 29. 2020: Florida will enter what Governor DeSantis called “phase one” of the reopening process on May 4 as the state continues to fight the spread of coronavirus. Here’s what changes and doesn’t change for Florida: Schools continue distance learning Visits to senior living facilities are...
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Psalm 91 begins with this message of hope: “He who dwells in the shelter of The Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” These words can infuse you with faith and give you the assurance you need in uncertain times. No insurance company, bank or government...
Some great suggestions during our social distancing: • Check in with friends or family members daily for support and to stay connected. • Support local businesses by buying from their online store or purchasing a gift card for future use. • Stay informed about how our community is being affected. • Exercise daily...

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