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Steak & Stake Dinner Featuring Evander Holyfield

The Steak & Stake Dinner provides and opportunity for every guest, including donors, community partners and volunteers to meet with and hear from the direct beneficiaries of their efforts- our Club Members! Youth sit at every table and are given the chance to share their story of […]
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Everything You Need to Know About Fishing in South Walton

Clear and deep sea or brackish and shallow, however you like your fishing conditions, South Walton offers almost too many options. Whether you’re an amateur or a passionate professional, you’ll quickly find that we have some of the best fishing in the world. Although the bustling harbors of Destin and Panama City Beach are better known for deep-sea fishing excursions (mainly because their harbors have direct access to the Gulf), that certainly doesn’t mean that you need to drive to either place to get your fishing fix. Book your fishing trip now. South Walton is home to some of the most experienced and successful fishing guides, who host captivating charter trips. With a little help, they’ll have you saying, “I got one!” as soon as you’re out in the water. The water in the Choctawhatchee Bay and the connecting river runs from a few feet deep to over 50 feet. Out fishing, you can catch anything from redfish and speckled trout to jack crevalle and flounder. And of course, the dolphins will be out there to cheer you on as they do their own fishing. The best part? You can take whatever you catch home with you to cook your very own “Bay-to-table” dinner. A few fishing charters launch directly from the sand at Grayton Beach, returning a few hours later with grouper, cobia, wahoo, red snapper, king mackerel, flounder, pompano and more, depending on the season. Pretty soon you’ll be fishing like a local! The next step is to get a vintage cast-net and have a good old-fashioned mullet-fry. Hey, don’t knock it ’til you fried it, folks. Watch this video to learn more about fishing in South Walton: For a list of our local fishing guides, visit 30Afishingcharters.com. The 30A Company interns, Caroline Giddis and Lindsey Rogers, contributed to this article. 
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Double Red Flag Alert: Walton County Water is Closed

Please be advised the current beach flag condition is DOUBLE RED due to dangerous rip currents. This means that while beaches are open, ALL WATER IS CLOSED in Walton County. To ensure the safety of all our visitors and residents, entering the Gulf of Mexico is strictly prohibited. Stay on the sand, and do not step in the water. For […]
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Destin Commons donates $35,000 from parking meters

Destin Commons donates $35,000 to four area charities               Destin, FL (August 31, 2016)…Destin Commons recently made a donation to each of four area charities through the Center’s Coins For A Cause program.             Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation received $10,000 that will directly benefit their All […]
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Beach Bonfires on 30A — Everything You Need to Know

By Susan Vallee Think you’ve got this whole 30A beach thing down? Well, let’s see … you’ve cheered the sunset ringing of the bell at Bud & Alley’s, you’ve sipped mimosas while grooving to Dread Clampitt at The Red Bar and you’ve YOLO’d your way across Western Lake … but have you experienced the magic of a bonfire on the beach? When you combine the fun of a campfire (s’mores, cuddling and shared laughter) with the dramatic beauty of the beach at night, it becomes an experience that is hard to top. Cool sand between your toes, the warmth of a roaring fire, the sound of waves crashing in front of you while burning embers float upwards towards the sky — it really is an extraordinary experience. Book your beach bonfire now.   Of course, the only thing better than enjoying a beach bonfire is not having to haul all the chairs and coolers down to the beach, setting up the fire pit, and then cleaning up the ensuing mess in the dark. 30A has plenty of companies willing to come down to the beach and set one up for you — and they know how to do it right. You can even add s’mores to your evening of fun — great for kids and adults alike. Who doesn’t like to roast a good marshmallow? If you’d rather do it all yourself, it’s not hard to obtain a permit from the South Walton Fire District. Cost is $50. Visit their website for more info. WARNING: Fines for a not properly permitted or executed beach bonfire range from $200 to two months in jail, so make sure you understand the rules and regulations before setting out on your own. Book your beach bonfire here now or visit this page for more information about permits and regulations. SUSAN VALLEE has been writing about the beauty and quirkiness of 30A for longer than she’d care to admit. A transplant from Atlanta, Susan loves the small-town feel and tight-knit local community here. Susan is the author of Meet Me on 30A.
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FRIDAY: Don’t Miss CVHN’s Hurricane Party at Bud & Alley’s

Bud & Alley’s will host the 12th Annual Hurricane Party on Friday, September 23, benefitting Children’s Volunteer Health Network, Inc. The party runs from 6:30 to 10 p.m. and includes entertainment by 4 Barrel Funk. Along with the amazing views, food, beverages, dancing and fun that Bud and Alley’s is famous for, the event will also feature a live and silent auction. “The Hurricane Party goes back to the very beginning of Children’s Volunteer Health Network”, said Executive Director, Zach Billingsley. When the Founding Members of CVHN were planning the very first fundraiser for the organization back in 2004, hurricane evacuations threatened the success of the event. The event organizers personally called the invitation list asking people to come back into town for the Hurricane Party. The community showed up in a big way raising more than $40,000 and the name stuck. Now in its 12th year, the Hurricane Party has become a must-attend event for locals and visitors of the Emerald Coast. Listen to the story and learn more in this 30A Radio exclusive: “We are so pleased to be hosting the Hurricane Party benefiting CVHN again this year at Bud & Alley’s,” said Dave Rauschkolb, owner of Bud & Alley’s. “We are drawn to this cause because the heart of this organization is about enriching children’s lives.  Providing free, essential health and dental services to uninsured and under-insured children lessens suffering and builds stronger, more productive and happy children in our area.  Together we can make a tremendous and meaningful difference for these children. Please join us for this important event.” The evening festivities will build up to a live auction where exclusive trips, private dinners with local chefs and more create a bidding frenzy each year. All proceeds from the event go to CVHN, which spends 94 cents of every dollar on its programs that help kids in Walton and Okaloosa counties to sustain the CVHN mission for their three major programs: a 34’ Mobile Dental Clinic that visits local elementary schools and other local charities, a network of volunteer providers and the CVHN Dental Clinic located in Santa Rosa Beach. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with heavy creole hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Tickets are limited and will be $100 in advance and $125 day of the party. Guests will be able to purchase tickets online or by phone beginning August 1st. For more info on sponsorships, or to purchase tickets, visit cvhnkids.org/hurricane or contact Amy at 850.622.3200 ext. 101 or admin@cvhnkids.org.
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Destin Charity Wine Auction Presents $2.66 Million to Local Kids’ Charities

Earlier this week, Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, recognized as one of the top charity wine auctions in the country by Wine Spectator Magazine, donated a record breaking $2.66 million to 14 local charities serving children in need in Northwest Florida. The private check presentation ceremony was held at the WaterColor LakeHouse. The attendees from the charities didn’t know how much they were to be awarded until the checks were presented to them onstage, leading to some big cheers and grins and even some tears of gratitude. The foundation has donated more than $13 million to non-profit organizations since its inception in 2005. This year’s results are a $360,000 increase over the $2.3 million donated last year. “Today is the day in the world of our Foundation,” said John Russell, the president’s foundation. “Today, we honor our supporters, recognize those who have gone above and beyond and most importantly award funding to the great organizations that are on the front lines for the children of our community.” In addition to funding the 14 local charities, the foundation has created the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation Children’s Fund, which represents the funds set aside for any of the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation charities that have an emergency need during the year. “Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation identified a need to prepare for the future, so we created a safety net for our charities that may have an emergency need outside our normal contributions,” Russell said. “It is our hope to continue to grow this fund as an insurance policy for our charities over the coming years.” The 2016 recipients of the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation include: AMIKids Emerald Coast received $125,000 to fund one Mental Health Counseling Academic Interventionist for high-risk youth. Funding will allow facilities the purchase of a new, safe bus for students to be transported to and from school. Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast received $200,000 to allow double the amount of students from last year (200 children across four counties) to attend programming for one full year. The programming is designed to provide unique opportunities to learn, grow and to recognize youth for their achievements in an effort to steer youth clear of personal failure. Children in Crisis received $225,000 to fund the facilitation of housing for abused, neglected and abandoned children. The Opportunity Home, Sue Sue’s Cottage, YaYa’s Home, and the Travis Tringas Home provide stability, shelter, house parents, food, clothing and necessary items to help children live a healthy lifestyle. Children’s Volunteer Health Network (CVHN) received $200,000 to fund and serve underinsured and uninsured children in need of dental care. These funds will allow for two hygienists on the Mobile Dental Clinic, and one full-time dentist and support staff at the CVHN Dental Clinic to assist with children in need of dental and medical care. In addition, they will be able to purchase new detail supplies and cover the maintenance and repairs of their equipment. Emerald Coast Autism Center received $200,000 to fund scholarships and their capital campaign, a new facility to serve children on the autism spectrum. The new NWFSC Campus Facility will allow Emerald Coast Autism Center to increase their capacity levels, serving up to 130 students. Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center received $300,000 to aid in construction costs for the new Walton County facility, a child-friendly atmosphere to provide counseling, family services and facilitation of investigations for child abuse and neglect. Food For Thought Outreach received $175,000 to provide nutritious meals for school-aged children on weekends, holidays and summer break. Habitat for Humanity of Walton County received $180,000 to fully fund the building of two new homes for families with children in Walton County. Homelessness & Housing Alliance received $20,000 for long-term solutions to homelessness. Opportunity Place received $75,000 for immediate housing for homeless children and their families. Pathways for Change received $200,000 for comprehensive addiction treatment programs including men’s residential treatment and operations for the family center. Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast received $225,000 to fund the expansion of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which will provide a larger nursery to accommodate a 10-bed Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the future. Shelter House of Northwest Florida received $155,000 to fund support groups, counseling and advocacy for youth ages 6 months to 17 years, touched by domestic violence. Funding will also support their Youth Prevention Program, therapists for children, supplies such as school snacks and diapers, tutoring materials, community outings and the Youth Community Action Team. The Arc of the Emerald Coast received $200,000 to support Early Intervention and Family Education Program at the Early Intervention Center for children living with disabilities. Youth Village received $125,000 to fund capital campaign purchase of land and facility construction along with afterschool programming for more than 40 low-income children along the Emerald Coast. DCWAF Children’s Fund received $55,000 that will serve as a contingency fund for charity partners and will be used as a safety net to serve children in need in the event of an emergency. DCWAF has realized a long held dream to create a fund for future needs. The DCWAF Children’s Fund is cash held in a separate account available to any of the DCWAF charities who have an emergency need. The dates for next year’s Destin Charity Wine Auction Weekend, the Foundation’s signature fundraising event, are set for April 28-30, 2017. For more information, visit www.DCWAF.org.
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45 Central Wine Bar Welcomes Artist of the Month

45 Central Wine Bar Welcomes Andy Saczynski as the September Artist of the Month Celebrate Unique Local Art at 45 Central in Seaside at Our Artist Reception on September 1st as Andy Saczynski is Welcomed in the Space   Each month the walls of 45 Central are filled with the work of a new artist. During the month of September, we […]
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Help Us Help Louisiana Flood Victims

Help us help our neighbors in Louisiana with our special edition ‘Can’t Wash Us Away‘ 30A shirt. All profits from the shirt sales will go straight to the Baton Rouge Area Foundation’s flood relief fund, which supports local nonprofits serving communities affected by the floods. This flood relief version of our Dumpster Diver tees, made from recycled plastic water bottles, is available in youth and adult sizes. The design features a pelican — Louisiana’s state bird — perched atop a post stamped with a silhouette of Louisiana. The phrase “can’t wash us away” is a reference to lyrics in the song “Louisiana 1927” by Randy Newman about another devastating flood. Support the effort here! Learn more in this Facebook video announcing the effort with The 30A Company’s Mike Ragsdale: Flood Relief in Louisiana30A just made this announcement about the flood victims in Louisiana. PLEASE SHARE: 30Agear.com/products/flood-relief-tee Posted by 30A on Wednesday, August 24, 2016
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Best Kept Foodie Secrets in South Walton

By Caroline Giddis The area around Scenic Highway 30A has quickly become known for its amazing selection of high-end restaurants, but we have quite a few laid-back hot spots that are hidden just off the beaten path. From unassuming lunch eateries to tucked-away wine bars, we’ve rounded up some of the best-kept foodie secrets in South Walton. Pickle Factory Pizza, Thai food and pickles… what? You can get all of these somewhat random options and more at Pickle Factory, which shares the name of a restaurant that chef Jeffrey Fehr opened in Bangkok, Thailand. The laid-back restaurant in Grayton Beach focuses on creating a friendly atmosphere and delicious pizza with a wide variety of exotic flavors to choose from. Fehr traveled to Italy in 1996 to study how to make the perfect pizza, which paid off as his pizza became a favorite in Bangkok and is now a favorite in South Walton. Pickle Factory doesn’t have a set closing time at night, instead they close when everyone decides to go home – a true testament to their love of people. Chanticleer Eatery Tucked off the road leading into Grayton Beach, Chanticleer Eatery can be easy to miss, but definitely shouldn’t be. What was once a lunch counter with walk-up ordering (and long, but quick, lines) has grown into a table-service restaurant serving both lunch and dinner. Chanticleer demonstrates that you can make delicious food without all the fuss, as long as every ingredient is fresh. With both indoor and dog-friendly outdoor seating, it’s a great place for all ages and breeds. Our recommendation: the “pick two” option with half Southern Summer Salad and half Chanticleer Grilled Cheese – it’s everything you’ve ever dreamed of (plus bacon!). Don’t leave without getting a white chocolate coconut or chocolate-chip cookie. Lumpy’s Wine Bar & Bottle Shop Dogs and wine, wine and dogs: this was Lumpy the dachshund’s vision for his wine bar, which has become a very popular secret spot for humans and their furry friends. Located in Baytowne Wharf, Lumpy’s boasts an extensive wine selection. The menu includes a few appetizer cheese plates to snack on while sipping your favorite pinot, cabernet or chardonnay. They also serve mixed drinks and coffee. Lumpy’s celebrates Sommelier Saturdays and Wine Down Wednesdays by offering great deals and fun events each week. It’s the perfect place after a ruff week! La Chalupita Mexican Market La Chalupita is so authentic and delicious, you’ll want to extend Taco Tuesday to Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. (We do!) This lunch counter will transport you to a small town in Mexico, where the food is fresh and flavorful. Tacos are the way to go, whether it’s chicken, steak or fish, and they have a number of toppings to choose from like avocado, radish and lettuce. The spicy sauces are great for dipping or pouring, but beware, some are SUPER spicy. You can also buy authentic seasoned meats and veggies from the restaurant deli to make your own tacos or quesadillas at home. Grayton Seafood Co. One of the newer restaurants in South Walton, Grayton Seafood Co. is a no-frills spot for some of the freshest seafood around. The restaurant has the feel of a quaint New England clam shack but with Florida charm. If you happen to catch some redfish or grouper on the boat one day, you can take it with you to Grayton Seafood Co. and they’ll cook it for you however you want – a well-kept local secret. They also have a great brunch menu with flavorful dishes like the crab cake benny and the oyster and tasso cream omelette. Yum! Johnny McTighe’s Irish Pub Tucked in an unassuming shopping center in Blue Mountain Beach, this hole in the wall is a locals’ favorite for pub and late-night food. It’s a great place to meet friends (new and old), grab a pint and chow down on fish and chips, hand-breaded chicken fingers, delicious string-cut french fries or tater tots smothered and covered with cheese and other goodies. Or try the Joey Bag O’ Donuts, a unique take on the Philly Cheese Steak. McTighe’s also serves up some great pizza, both to eat in or take out. With tons of delicious and interesting toppings to choose from, the combinations are endless. If you’re looking for some bar fun, McTighe’s has darts, foosball and a juke box. Caroline Giddis is a summer intern for The 30A Company.
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