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Conde Nast Traveler names Grayton Beach State Park as one of the Best Beaches in the U.S.

    Grayton Beach State Park


Condé Nast Releases List of the 19 BEST
Beaches in the U.S.

It's no surprise here that Grayton Beach State Park was named one of the top 19 Beaches in the United States!  A total of FOUR beaches were in Florida!

Other beaches in Florida were Caladesi Island State Park, Bowman's Beach in Sanibel Island and South Beach in Miami.

To see all 19 beaches...

New Developments in Navarre Making Progress

Construction is moving ahead in Navarre with their newest 332 Luxury Apartment complex named "Elevate Navarre" beginning in mid-September.  Located at Hwy 98 & Hwy 87, this complex also will include a clubhouse.  Seven parcels in the rear of the complex will be built as soon as retailers have committed to the space.

Heading East on Hwy 98 at the corner of Ortega Street, the site has been cleared and construction has begun for the new Aldi Grocery store.  Also located in the same location will be T-Mobile and Dunkin' Donuts where construction is ongoing as well.

Keep heading East to near the county line of Okaloosa County, the First National Bank in Wynnehaven Plaza has been torn out, trees removed and the site is being cleared to build a new Publix, with their new 2-story design.  A cafe & bakery will be on the 2nd story.

While Navarre is seeing much growth, Santa Rosa County has the 8th fastest growing population in the entire state.  Watch out for updates and more new additions for Navarre!

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Visiting our area? Try one of these Waterfront Restaurants in Panama City Beach!

Waterfront Restaurants in Panama City Beach

If you're visiting our area and looking for a nice, waterfront Dining experience we've got a few ideas!  Whether it be casual or Fine Dining here are some restaurants you may want to try to enhance your Panama City Beach experience!

Some of our suggestions include Harpoon Harry's, Sharky's Beachfront Restaurant and more!

Click here for more in-depth ideas!

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4 Steps to Take When Buying Land

**4 Steps to Take When Buying Land | RISMedia\'s Housecall | Posted August 10, 2021 by Housecall

4 Steps to Take When Buying Land

By Kara Masterson

You ask, "What could be so hard about just buying a piece of land"?  It's not like a home where you have to worry about appraisals, inspections or repairs.  Surprisingly, there's more to do than you would think to help make the process smoother.

Buying land can open up many personal and financial opportunities for you. You can build your dream home on the land. You can also open up a store on the land. However, if you want to buy land, then you need to take the following steps:

Find Land That Is for Sale

Of course, the first thing you need to do is find land that's actually for sale. Several websites have land listings for sale. Redfin.com, Landwatch.com, landsearch.com and trulia.com are just a few examples of websites where you can find land for sale. Looking online for land can help you save time and it can also help you narrow down...

See the #'s! 30A July Sales of Homes and Condos!

As the heat of the Summer continues, Real Estate is as HOT as ever!  This is a Seller's Market with properties being listed and under contract within days.  

See the July numbers below:

To learn more about our local Real Estate Market call
Amin Delawalla at 850-225-9899

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Florida Housing.... New Listings up in June

**www.floridarealtors.org/newsroom/flas-housing-market-sales-median-price-new-listings-june-2021

Sales, Median Price & New Listings
ALL up in June!

ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida’s housing market continued the same trends as previous months with more closed sales, higher median prices and more new listings compared to a year ago, according to Florida Realtors® latest housing data.

“Coming out of a record spring home-buying season, the state’s housing market continued its strong gains in June,” said 2021 Florida Realtors President Cheryl Lambert, broker-owner with Only Way Realty Citrus in Inverness“Of course, the impact of the pandemic last June is still a factor to consider when looking at the comparison data. In a positive sign, new listings for single-family existing homes in June rose 21.6% year-over-year, while new listings for condos-townhouse properties increased 10%. However, while Florida Realtors’ data shows that new listings have remained at fairly typical numbers even throughout most of the pandemic, it hasn’t been at the levels needed to keep up with greater buyer demand.”

Closed sales of single-family homes statewide in June totaled 34,165, up 23.6% year-over-year, while existing condo-townhouse sales totaled 16,155, up 79.6% over June 2020. Closed sales may occur from 30- to 90-plus days after sales contracts are...

New Community Coming Soon to WaterSound Origins!

A Press Release was made last week by St. Joe, Watermark Retirement Communities and BRW Origins LLC announcing a new joint venture coming soon to WaterSound Origins.

Plans for "WaterSound Fountains", designed for Seniors still able to care for themselves with little or no assistance, are to include a four-story building with 148 independent living apartments.  Amenities in the community will include a spa, wellness center, pool and other venues.

This new Senior community will be situated adjacent to the Watersound Town Center and the future Publix Super Market.



To read the entire Press Release Click Here

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New Potential Projects being considered in Walton County

The latest Walton County Technical Review Committe Meeting in Freeport was held on July 7th.

Below are a few of the possible projects coming to Walton County to be on the lookout for.

A Major Development Order, Buffalo Springs Resort, is being reviewed to develop an RV Park and Campground, RV and Boat storage including amenities that could be located on the north side of Hwy 331 South, north of Sunrise Road and south or Lake Holley Circle.

Another Major Development being reviewed is a 32- lot subdivision with pool amenity on 4.11+ acres for Residential use to be named Nautilus Pointe @ Inlet Beach.  The property is located in District 1.

Other developments being reviewed include Watercolor Inn renovation, additional development of 3 lots in Alys Beach, a 321 multi-family apartment, convenience store and restaurant to be situated on over 25 acres to be named Botanic Miramar Beach.

The next meeting is scheduled for next Wednesday, July 21st.

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2 Beaches along the Gulf Coast to Receive New Beach Wheelchairs!

It was announced last week that 10 Coastal Parks in our state will soon be receiving NEW Beach Wheelchairs to help those in need to be able to access our beautiful beaches!  In our area, you'll soon be seeing these at Big Lagoon State Park in Pensacola and Grayton Beach State Park.

Florida State Parks Foundation began partnering with Surfing's Evolution & Preservation Foundation to help provide these fantastic enhancements for the beach!

To read the entire article, click here!

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6 Destinations in NW Florida for your next 'Beach Road Trip'!

**Travel Awaits website - by Fred Mays


Navarre Beach

If you're considering taking a BEACH ROAD TRIP, look no further than the Emerald Coast along the Florida Panhandle.

You'll find Gorgeous Emerald Green waters and Cool, White sandy beaches for miles and miles.

Blue Mountain Beach
Blue Mountain Beach

Click here to follow along and learn more about these beautiful, memory- making beaches! 

It will be a trip you'll NEVER FORGET!

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Take your Love to the Next Level and plan a Romantic Dinner along 30A!


Visiting the 30A area with your new found love?  Dine at some of the most romantic restaurants along the Gulf and show him or her how much they truly mean to you.

If you like Seafood and a romantic New Orleans courtyard, then head to the Pescado Seafood Grill and Rooftop Bar......  Why not a romantic meal that offers a Mediterranean cuisine at Cafe Tango?

Click here for more ideas for creating a memorable evening with the love of your life.

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New Seagrove Beach Public Access Design Approved

*Jim Thompson - Northwest Florida Daily News - Published 7:01 am ET June 24 2021

Walton County Commissioners approved the design for a NEW Public Beach Access in Seagrove Beach.  The meeting, held in late June, was met by many members of the community expressing their opinions and concerns that this new access would mean an increase in traffic, among other issues and it was not wanted by the community.

After the attorney for the owners of the Beachfront Townhomes provided many issues that needed to happen before the project could take place, the Commissioners unanimously approved it to make way for the project to move forward.

To read the entire article click here.

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Fishing Pier Finally Reopens after Hurricane Sally!


Repairs on the Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier by the Escambia County Public Works Department have been made, it was announced last week. The Pier is now OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

Extensive damage occurred during Hurricane Sally last September to the 1,471 foot fishing pier.  After months of Red Tape and awaiting on approval by FEMA the temporary repairs have been made.

Just in time for the Summer Fishing season, the pier's normal daily operating hours are from 6:00 am to 7:30 pm

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See the Top 10 Fishing Destinations for the 4th of July!

Destin comes in as 2nd place as one of the top 10 Fishing Destinations at fishingbooker.com for the best Fishing this 4th of July!

Known as the "World's Luckiest Fishing Village", Destin also is one of the best commercial fishing places in the area.

Enjoy so many different fishing options from deepwater fishing to the state waters at nearby lakes and bayous.

Click here to see the other 9 Best Fishing Destinations!

 

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Enjoy a Free Day at Grayton Beach & Topsail Hill Preserve this Summer

For the 7th Straight year the Walton County Tourist Development Council is picking up the tab for day-use visitors of Grayton Beach State Park and Topsail Hill Preserve State Park now through Labor Day.

The goal is to help increase available parking for beachgoers and to promote the availability of eco-tourism activities in South Walton.

This is a fantastic opportunity to explore our local parks and see nature at its finest.  Bring your lunch and enjoy a picnic.  Restroom facilities are available as well.

The Free Day-Use admission is available to visitors during the normal operating hours from 8:00 am to Sunset.

For additional information on Topsail Hill Preserve State Park click here.
For additional information on Grayton Beach State Park click here.

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The PURPLE Flags are Flying in Walton County! Find out More!

For Locals and Tourists alike, BEWARE of a large presence of Jellyfish that have been spotted along an over 25 mile stretch in the Gulf waters in South Walton County!

The lifeguards overseeing the waters don't want you to panic and if the purple flags are out it shouldn't mean that you can't continue enjoying your day.  With the current along the beach we don't know from one day to the next if there will be jellyfish where you're planning on visiting.  Depending on the wind speed and the amount of marine algae determines the amount of jellyfish and where they go.

Upon arriving to the area that you want to stake your claim for the day, take note on what kind of flags are flying and take appropriate measures.  If you do get in the water and there are purple flags flying make sure to move if you see jellyfish around.  While most jellyfish stings aren't dangerous, some are and some affect people in different ways.

IF you do get stung and it's your first time, seek out a lifeguard in the area to find out how you can treat your sting as soon as possible.  If the reaction is too painful don't hesitate to call 911 immediately to get the care that you require.

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Expect Delays on Hwy 98 in Walton County during Road Widening


It seems that EVERYWHERE you go they're working on the roads!  It's something you can't get away from but once it's over the traffic SHOULD flow better!  It's just the wait that takes so long!

Right now the 3.4 mile stretch between Emerald Bay Drive and Tang-O-Mar Drive is scheduled to be complete sometime this Fall.  Unfortunately, another project is preparing to ramp up sometime this month on Hwy 98 between Mack Bayou Road and Scenic Hwy 30A.  Both of these projects are ROAD WIDENING from 4 to 6 lanes and will include construction of new 5-6 Foot Sidewalks on the North side of the road, updated Pedestrian crossings where Traffic Signals are present and more.

While there will be some relief after the Fall, you can expect delays to last into late 2023 for the completion of the 1.8 mile section on Hwy 98.

So don't forget to PACK YOUR PATIENCE and leave a little early if you're travelling in that area.

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Be Aware! Black Skimmers are back on Navarre Beach!

You can almost set your watch to it, the Black Skimmers return to the white sandy areas along the Navarre Beach Causeway.  Arriving in April and then moving on in early September, they choose Navarre Beach because of its location where there are fewer predators that could raid their nests.

If you're traveling along the Navarre Beach Causeway for the next couple of months you'll notice a lower speed limit to keep from disturbing these beautiful visitors.  If you'd like to get a better look we recommend you slowly park on the side of the road and stay in your car and roll your windows down to get a good look.  If you hear them squawking or moving away, then they're very uncomfortable and have more of a chance of running out into the road and getting ran over by a car.

Please take time to respect the wildlife that surrounds us so we can enjoy them for years to come.

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