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Upcoming Events in Santa Rosa County for April 2021
Now that we're opened back up, get ready for numerous activities set for Santa Rosa County in April!
Bands on the Blackwater Spring Concert Series - FREE
Beginning April 2nd | 5158 Willing St., Milton | All concerts 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Pull up your boat or bring your lawn chairs and blankets for a series of concerts in April. See below for a list of dates, times and Bands and make your plans to attend!
April 2nd - NU-BLU
April 9th - 12Eleven
April 16th - Bay Bridge Band
April 23rd - Pearl Clarkin
April 30th - Boukou Groove
Santa Rosa County Fair
April 1st - 3rd | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm | 8604 Bobby Brown Rd., Milton
It's time to get out and enjoy the Spring weather with the family! Enjoy rides, food, live music and much more!
Easter at the Gulf Breeze Zoo
April 4th | 9:00 am to 5:00 pm | 5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, Gulf Breeze, FL
Enjoy a day at the Zoo with the family for Easter egg hunts, face...
See the List of Easter Events and make your plans NOW!
If you're wondering what to do for Easter, we've got a list of possibilities! Make your plans today!
Doggie EGGstravaganza | Grand Boulevard | Miramar Beach
April 1, 2021 | 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Click here to learn more!
Easter Explosion | Village of Baytowne Wharf
9300 Emerald Coast Pkwy | Miramar Beach
April 3 | 12:00 - 3:00 pm
Spend the afternoon at this family-friendly event! Face Painting, Arts and Crafts and more! The kids can get a picture with the Easter Bunny!
Blue Mountain Bakery | Santa Rosa Beach
2217 E. Co. Hwy 30A, Ste. E
Blue Mountain Bakery is offering Easter-to-go meals this year! Orders must be place before March 31. All meals are pre-cooked and packaged. The menu will...
Inlet Beach Underpass Groundbreaking Ceremony Happening on March 26
The Groundbreaking Ceremony for this long-awaited project will be Friday, March 26th at 3:00 pm located at the intersection of Scenic 30A and Hwy 98 East, outside of the Shades Restaurant.
When the project is completed it will provide safe passage underneath Hwy 98 for pedestrians and bicyclists with a lighted tunnel. The site will be improved with landscaping.
This improvement has taken years to come to fruition and, once completed, will help to keep accidents down at this busy area of Walton County.
To find out additional details click here....
See the 5 MUST VISIT 30A Restaurants and Make your plans!
Looking for an Exceptional Dining Experience along 30A? Whether you live in the area or coming to visit the beautful Emerald Coast, we've got 5 MUST VISIT Restaurants to visit!
Click here to learn more!...
Read an Outsider's First-Time Guide to Enjoy Florida's Emerald Coast!
If you think you've experienced everything Florida has to offer, think twice!
Click here to Read this First Timer's thoughts after visiting the Gulf Coast and see the recommendations on what you should look for if YOU'RE a First Timer!...
Tunes on the Dunes Summer Concert Series Coming Back in June!
This popular Summer Concert Series, held on Navarre Beach is returning this year! After cancelling the entire season last year due to COVID, everyone's excited to be getting back to normal!
Although the schedule has not yet been released, we do know that the Season begins June 3rd & ends August 12th.
Concerts are held every Thursday and are held just east of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. These are FREE Concerts so why not get out to enjoy the cool breezes and music on the Beach?
Interest from tourists planning on coming to the Beach is high, calling the Chamber to find out when this popular event will come back so they can begin to schedule their upcoming vacations!
Stay tuned! The schedule will be announced here once it's released!...
Plan to Attend the 3rd Annual International Festival this weekend in Ft. Walton Beach!
Saturday, March 20th | 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Location: Landing Park at 139 Brooks St. SE
Free & Open to the Public, plan on spending the day listening to live music with DJ, Music, Culture, Folklore, Food & more!
Net proceeds will be donated to the Saving Grace Women's Home which helps homeless, abused, and addiction women in a Christian faith-based program....
Time to Kick up your Heels! It's St. Patrick's Day!
Bring the Pets for the Shamrock Stroll, Pet Parade and Costume Contest!
Santa Rosa County Finally Reaches Settlement with Owners of Delapidated Navarre Beach Property
Located on the West End of Navarre Beach, this dilapidated Brick home is the last house on the south before you enter Gulf Islands National Seashore.
For years, since the devastating effect from Hurricane Ivan in 2004, this home has sat with no repairs made, windows broken, graffiti written and has been an eyesore these past almost 17 years.
Neighbors have been complaining for years that, because of the boarded up home, their property values have gone down.
Finally, Santa Rosa County lawyers and the homeowners have reached an agreement to bring this home back up to code.
This 4 phase, 180 day timeline has been set for the Homeowners to complete needed repairs.
Per the agreement, by September or October all repairs will have been made. Hopefully by then all parties will be satisfied....
Daylight Savings Time Set to Begin this Sunday!
Navarre Beach! Tourism is up and new improvements on the Beach being Discussed
The weather is warming up and the Pandemic is waning. Navarre Beach is Open for Business and because of its slower pace, it is fast becoming the place to be with residents and tourists looking for more peace and quiet.
Despite the Pandemic, Navarre Beach only saw a 10% decrease in Tourism.
Estimates for this Fiscal Year, Bed Tax is expected to be over $4 million in revenue.
The Tourist Development Director for Santa County has presented ideas in how a central location on the beach could look. Retail space, a playground and an amphitheater are just a few of the considerations being made.
Enthusiasm and praise came after a presentation, by the Director to the Santa Rosa County Commissioners, was finished.
As with any plan, some need additional information and the next step is to bring the public into the conversation.
There's a long way to go for this vision to become complete, but now that ideas have been presented, it's full steam ahead to improve this beautiful and often underrated beach.
Stay tuned for more!...
Southwest Airlines Adding New Flights for Destin
Southwest Airlines makes a HUGE announcement last month by adding NEW flights to and from the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport.
Flights will begin May 6th to the following new routes:
Nashville, TN (BNA) - Three times/day - Fares as low as $69
Dallas, TX (DAL) - Once/day - Fares as low as $69
Baltimore, MD (BWI) - Once/day - Fares as low as $79
Flights begin June 6th to:
Chicago, IL - Once/day - Fares as low as $79
With Florida wide open, and Summer around the corner your beach options have now expanded...
Walton County Board of Commissioners to be accepting bids for new Transportation Program
The Walton County Board of Commissioners have given the "go ahead" to start accepting bids for a new East to West Public Transportation program coming soon!
This new pilot program will begin with six vehicles running on two routes, one from Miramar Beach to the regional beach access at the county line and the other coming from Hwy 283 Grayton parking lot to Eastern Lake Road.
Anyone who has visited this area knows how backed up traffic can get and these are two of the most congested areas during the Summer.
Scheduled to begin in June and July, hours of operation would be from Sunday to Thursday, 9:00 am - 10:00 pm and Friday and Saturday from 9:00 am to Midnight.
After operating for awhile, assessments will be made about whether it's successful or not, any improvements that may be made, so for now, it's a temporary program.
More information as this transportation program moves forward will follow....
Check out the HOT RODS ON THE BEACH from March 11-13th in Panama City Beach!
View our March Real Estate News & Upcoming Events - all in our New INTERACTIVE Report!
2 Area Beaches Make the Top 25 Beaches to visit List for 2021!
Trip Advisor recently released their list of Top 25 Beaches to visit for 2021 and 2 of our area Beaches have made the coveted list!
#13 - Henderson Beach State Park - Open 365 days/year
17000 Emerald Coast Pkwy | Destin
This unique, protected state park includes 30 ft. sugary white sand dunes, 60 campsites, fishing, nature trails and hours of family fun in the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
#15 - Pensacola Beach
With nearby Dining, Entertainment, Shopping and the beach is just steps away! Enjoy water sports, including swimming, fishing, snorkeling, diving, sailing and more! Click here to see everything this beautiful beach has to offer!
We're proud of all of our area beaches along the Gulf Coast and urge you to visit ANY of them. You won't be disappointed!...
Family-Friendly Mac & Cheese Festival Coming to the Destin Commons!
GET READY FOR THE
MAC & CHEESE FESTIVAL!
Destin Commons | 4100 Legendary Dr. | Destin
Mac & Cheese is one of the most beloved comfort food and it's NOT just for kids!
The Mac & Cheese Festival has announced its third annual celebration benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast! will be held March 7th from 12:30-4 p.m. at the Destin Commons.
This family-friendly event will feature gourmet, chef-inspired twists inspired by the South’s favorite comfort food. Local restaurants far and wide will bring their best macaroni masterpieces to compete for the best mac and cheese in town!
For the first time ever, the event will offer special V.I.C. (Very Important Cheese) tickets for $45 that include an all-access pass to the Beer Garden and air-conditioned seating. Adult tickets are $25 and children $15.