30A Cornhole Tourney Returns to Rosemary Beach — Sept. 3

Rosemary Beach Foundation is hosting a day of friendly competition during Labor Day Weekend. So loosen up your arms, sharpen your aim and come out for the second annual 30A Cornhole Tournament on September 3, 2016. The two-member team, single elimination Corn Hole Tournament will be held on the beautiful St. Augustine Green at Rosemary Beach from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration for a team of two is $60. Proceeds benefit Rosemary Beach Foundation and Special Olympics Florida – Walton County. Check out this video from last year’s tournament: Rosemary Beach Foundation offers and supports community events, cultural programs, educational projects and charitable activities. Special Olympics provides services for more than 100 athletes with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Services provided in Walton County include: year-round sports training and competitions, life skills and healthy living initiatives. The programs are free to athletes and their families. Worldwide, Special Olympics is the number one provider of free health screenings for people with disabilities. The tournament is being sponsored by August + Brill. Practice area sponsor is Rosemary Beach POA – Property Owners Association. Cornhole Board sponsors are 30A Collection, August + Brill, Hurricane Oyster Bar & Grill, Ideal Dentistry and Rosemary Beach Cottage Rental Company. Find more info at the event’s Facebook page or register here. [shareaholic app="share_buttons" id="26000402"] Read More


30A Radio: What We’re Listening to This Summer

30A Radio’s Cory Davis gives a lowdown on the fantastic, amazing, beachy, and fun music for your time here on the Beaches of South Walton. Paul Simon Paul Simon has a new album called Stranger to Stranger. Did you hear me? PAUL SIMON HAS A NEW ALBUM. Sorry, for yelling. But is there a more chill dude than Paul Simon? It’s what you would expect from Mr. Simon — awesome, laid back, groovy, and pure Paul. Wristband is really good. Imagining Paul Simon not being able to get back into a venue without a wristband is pretty funny. In A Parade is a really fun song. Rebelution Rebelution is played daily on 30A Radio, hailing from Santa Barbara, Calif. Their style we refer to as ‘American Reggae’. Their new album just dropped, entitled “Falling into Place, and has plenty of vibes for summertime. Our favorite song so far is Know It All, which sure sounds like their anthem against social media bullies. Upper Hand and High on Life really are great summer tunes. If you like Slightly Stoopid, The Movement, or Matisyahu, you will dig this album. Day of the Dead Rise up Dead Heads! If you can’t get enough of the Grateful Dead, this album needs to be in your collection. Made up of various artists, this album has star power covering some of the best songs by the Grateful Dead including The War on Drugs, The National, Mumford and Sons, Wilco with Bob Weir. It is an epic tribute album with more than 59 tracks, five hours of music. It’s awesome. We have exciting news, our brand new 30A Radio Airstream studio launched this summer. Be watching for it at area events across 30A — and out of area at tailgates and festivals across the Southeast. Here are the other new albums we’re spinning on 30A Radio: To know more, check out 30A Radio.   [shareaholic app="share_buttons" id="26000402"] Read More


Beach Items Removal Ordinance Begins

Contact:  Jon Ervin (850) 622-7806 jon@visitsouthwalton.com July 15, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Waterways and Beach Activities Ordinance Update Walton County’s current Waterways and Beach Activities Ordinance [No. 2016-16] addresses unpermitted personal property left on the beach overnight. Overnight is defined as the hours between one hour after […] [shareaholic app="share_buttons" id="26000402"] Read More

77 Killed in France _ Warning Graphic video Viewer Advised

Warning Graphic video  Viewer Advised “It’s a scene of horror; it’s terrible,” Eric Ciotti, a member of Parliament from Alpes-Maritimes, said on French television. “Words can’t describe it.” More than 70 people were killed, according to local officials, and the deputy mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, said, “The truck was full of weapons and grenades.” The truck drove for more than a mile through the crowded streets of Nice, officials said. Another graphic video from a witness in Nice was posted on YouTube. It shows a number of bodies strewn about the street in Nice shortly after the truck plowed through the crowd of revelers. Speaking to reporters in Nice, the French interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, said that the toll of the attack was “extremely heavy,” adding that 80 people had died and that many other people were wounded, 18 of them critically. France has been struck on the day of her national holiday – the 14th of July, Bastille Day – the symbol of liberty, because human rights are denied by fanatics and France is clearly their target. — President François Hollande of France [shareaholic app="share_buttons" id="26000402"] Read More


Sonder Project to Build School in Honor of Friend Killed in Terrorist Attack

The Sonder Project, a Santa Rosa Beach based nonprofit that works locally and around the world, has recently broken ground on a school in Burkina Faso, Africa. This will be the third school the nonprofit has built in this country, however, this one is a little extra special. This school is being built in honor of Sonder Project friend and colleague, Ahmed Kere. Those that follow The Sonder Project may remember that the organization met Ahmed in Burkina Faso in 2015, on their first mission to build a school in this country. Since then, they stayed in touch with Ahmed and even brought him here to the United States to visit the Emerald Coast. Many in our local community had the opportunity to meet this wonderful man during his time here. After his return home, Ahmed continued his work to make his country a better place. A group of Sonder Project volunteers was scheduled to meet with Ahmed and other buildOn staff in Burkina Faso in January with the intention of working together to build a school for those in need. The group’s excitement to go help the less fortunate and see old friends was quickly replaced by fear as they learned that a terrorist attack had broken out in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso’s capital city, just a day and a half before they were scheduled to depart. They quickly learned that the attack began in a place they had visited on their last trip. More disturbing, they realized that they had friends inside the building where the attack began. Among them, Ahmed. As the events unfolded, they discovered that their friend was missing. His missing status was later updated to deceased. You see, when the attacks began, Ahmed, putting others before himself, as always, immediately stood up, bringing the attention of the shooters upon himself as he asked them not to hurt anyone. His courageous act saved the lives of many who were able to escape through the smoke of the burning building through a broken window in the back. After the news, their hearts were broken. To lose such a good man and a friend to such senseless acts left them reeling. The Sonder Project, however, dried their tears and went to work. They knew that only love can drive out hate. They immediately put together a fundraiser to build a school in Ahmed’s name. A lifelong reminder of who this man was and what he stood for. They knew he would not want his death to have been in vein, and thanks to the support of this community and beyond, they have successfully funded a school in his honor. This school will educate boys and girls equally for generations, giving them the leg up they need to break the cycle of extreme poverty. Our community is amazing. Filled with what those in Burkina Faso would call “white hearts,” meaning those that are good and kind and able to drive out the darkness. Working together, we can make significant changes to this world. The Sonder Project is extremely proud of this accomplishment and is looking forward to many more projects this year. Be on the lookout for these upcoming ventures: • Construction of a water well in Burkina Faso, Africa • Nicaragua site visit and hands-on construction of a school • First undertaking of new program, PROJECT: agriculture – launching beekeeping in Nicaragua • 2017 Trek and Project Schedule, which will be open to the public For more information on The Sonder Project or to find out how you can help, please visit www.thesonderproject.org. [shareaholic app="share_buttons" id="26000402"] Read More

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