August 2022

Wednesday Night Bonfire and Live Music Aug 31

Date/Time Date(s) – 08/31/20225:00 pm Location Santa Rosa Beach Categories Food Live Music Music Restaurant Join us every Wednesday night from 5-8PM for live music on the beach at The Bay. Come dine, drink and enjoy the sights and sounds of live music right by the water. It’s where the locals love to hang out on Wednesdays. See you soon!   The Bay 24215 Hwy. 331 South, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 #30atv #30a @30atv Read More

Fall Fun on the Forgotten Coast

Photo courtesy of Blast on the Bay Songwriters Festival October is not only a beautiful month on the Forgotten Coast, but also a month with several fun filled events that allow you to take advantage of the pleasant weather and charming places that make this area so special. Read on for more information on these must-do, family-friendly events! FEATURED EVENTS Bay Fest & Tate’s Hell 5kOctober 1st, 2022151 Laughing Gull LnCarrabelle, FL The Tate’s Hell 5k at the St. James Bay Golf Resort kicks off the Bay Fest in Carrabelle with live music, a national bike safety course, an auction, and a pickleball tournament! The race begins at 8am with a course that winds along the golf course and benefits the Franklin County Senior Center. Festivities continue throughout the day with fun for the entire family! MORE INFO 2022 Fall Bay Day CelebrationOctober 1st, 20223915 State Road #30-APort St. Joe, FL A bi-annual event, the Fall Bay Day Celebration celebrates the St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve and highlights all of the activities available at the preserve. Enjoy a silent auction, raffle, birding tours, wildlife exhibits, nature/plant exhibits, educational displays, and a low country shrimp boil. In addition, there will be kids activities, fire demonstration, snacks, live music and tram tours. MORE INFO Forgotten Coast Music FestivalOctober 8th-9th, 2022210 Williams AvePort St. Joe, FL Produced by Joe and Sara Whitmer, the Forgotten Coast Music Festival is a two-day festival in George Core Park overlooking St. Joseph Bay featuring outstanding music... Read More

Grant for Paxton Health Clinic is on its way [PREMIUM]

By RUBY KEARCE The Paxton City Council met Tuesday, June 21 at Paxton City Hall. The meeting started by electing a separate cemetery board. The cemetery board will have their own meeting within 30 days. Latilda Hughes – Neel then approached the board to discuss Grit and Grace, a stage-play drama depicting the life of Paxton native Bobby Kemp, as told by Bobby Charles and Brendan Roberta. The show is nearing completion, and it will be the second in a lineup of 11 stories about Walton County History. Hughes- Neel, with permission from Charles, read an excerpt from the play: “Mama and Daddy were a team. Mama went to city council meetings with Daddy. If he got overly excited about something, all she had to do was say ‘Bobby.’ And at home when she calmed him down, she would just quietly say ‘Bobby I’ve heard all I want to hear’ and if he’d kept on she would say ‘Bobby I said I have heard all I want to hear.’” The Council was invited to the performance of Grit and Grace. Patrick O’Neal, developer of the future Black Lake RV Park, then approached the board regarding utilities for the park. The project is projected to have 35 spaces and needs sewer services in order to move forward. O’Neal is asking the board for a letter of availability and a time frame in order to know if the project will need to be done in multiple phases or if it can be... Read More

Commissioners continue to dispute “audit” report findings

DISCUSSION RECENTLY RETURNED to the April 5 report issued by the Walton County Clerk of Courts containing findings of violations by members of the Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) involving purchasing card use and travel-related expenses, with the commissioners continuing to dispute those findings. By DOTTY NIST Approximately 687 pages of documentation, including several letters, have been assembled and made publicly available, aimed at countering the findings of the Walton County Clerk of Courts Internal Audit Department 40-page April 5 report that had been prompted by an anonymous statement to the clerk’s Fraud, Waste & Abuse Hotline. The documentation and letters, the latter all dated Aug. 10 and addressed to Walton County Clerk of Courts Alex Alford, were included as part of the agenda for the Aug. 23 Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) regular meeting at the South Walton Annex, and there was related discussion at the meeting. The clerk’s office report had come to light in early July shortly after being made available to the public for the first time. Among other findings, the report had concluded that Walton County commissioners had violated county policy and state law in connection with travel-related spending and with their use of county purchasing cards, also known as p-cards or Walton County credit cards. A copy of the report had been furnished to the Office of State Attorney, First Judicial Circuit of Florida, and that office had sent a copy to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) for... Read More

Live Music: Jamel Boast Aug 30

Live Music: Jamel Boast Aug 30 HomeEventsLive Music: Jamel Boast Aug 30 Date/Time Date(s) – 08/30/20224:00 pm Location Destin FL Categories Food Live Music Restaurant Eat, Drink, Beach, & Groove with the sounds of Jamel Boast, one of Al’s favorite solo artist.   Al’s Beach Club 1450 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548     Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Sign in New account Remember me Login Login with facebook Forgot your password? Login Login with facebook Sign me up for 30A alerts! Lost your password? Please enter your email address. You will receive mail with link to set new password. Back to login Insert/edit link Enter the destination URL URL Link Text Open link in a new tab Or link to existing content Search No search term specified. Showing recent items. Search or use up and down arrow keys to select an item. Powered By 30A Media | Hosted by Fat Pipe Hosting #30atv #30a @30atv Read More

Taco Tuesday at Shunk Gulley Aug 30

Date/Time Date(s) – 08/30/202211:00 am Location Santa Rosa Beach Categories Food Restaurant Come out to Shunk Gulley to celebrate Taco Tuesday every Tuesday as the lunch special is available until 4 pm while supplies last!   Skunk Gully Oyster Bar 1875 S Co Hwy 393, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 #30atv #30a @30atv Read More


AFTER TWO AND A HALF HOUR STAND-OFF ARMED HIT-AND-RUN SUSPECT SAFELY TAKEN INTO CUSTODY Posted on August 29, 2022 Shane Fleming, 35 August 29, 2022 WALTON COUNTY, Fla— After a two- and half-hour standoff, a hit-and-run suspect who armed himself with a gun is safely taken into custody and arrested at a home in Freeport. Sunday evening Walton County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a hit-and-run where the suspect vehicle left the scene and headed south on County Highway 83A East. When the deputies caught up with the car, the driver immediately turned into an address on County Highway 83A West. The suspect, identified at that time as Shane Fleming, 35, ran inside a building adjacent to the home. Fleming spent the next several minutes coming to the door, yelling, and slamming the door back on deputies. While deputies attempted to contact the home’s owner, Fleming fled into the main house on the property and again spent several minutes opening the front door, screaming, and then going back inside. After the fourth time, Fleming came to the door with a handgun threatening to shoot at deputies, and went back inside the adjacent building. The owner of the home said he had let Fleming stay in the renovated building so he could get back on his feet but that he did not have permission to gain access to the main house or the firearm. A perimeter was set up around the home and SWAT and Crises Negotiation Unit were called... Read More

ECCAC receives $60K donation from St. Joe Community Foundation

The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC) received a $60,000 donation from the St. Joe Community Foundation to help with their Child Safety Matters/Teen Safety Matters initiatives in schools and mental health services provided at the Pierce Family Center.  The Center’s staff teach children safety rules, choices and strategies for recognizing and responding to safe vs. unsafe situations and all forms of child abuse and exploitation as well as the dangers of social media and bullying. Mental health counselors provide therapy at no cost, giving children the tools and resources to restore childhoods often lost to abuse. Julie Porterfield, CEO of ECCAC added, “We so value the partnership with St. Joe Community Foundation. Their generous gifts allow us to ensure children receive therapy needed to overcome the trauma of abuse. Their investment in our prevention programs help empower children to protect themselves in a world where sometimes parents can no longer.” “We are grateful for the extraordinary services Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center provides, and we’re very happy to continue our support of their mission in Walton County,” commented April Wilkes, St. Joe Community Foundation’s Executive Director. In 2021 alone, the St. Joe Community Foundation, a private 501(c)3 foundation, provided more than $44 million in grants to improve the quality of life in the communities it serves.  The Foundation provides charitable grants toward the civic infrastructure of communities in Northwest Florida with a focus, but not a limitation, on Bay and Walton Counties. Their efforts help build healthy, caring, long-lived... Read More