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  1. SoWal Staff

    Walton County Tourist Development Tax Collections What is the Tourist Development Tax? The Tourist Development Tax is a local sales tax on transient rentals which is authorized and governed by Florida Statute 125.0104. As it...
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    Walton County Tourist Development Tax Collections

    NOTE: In addition to Florida sales tax, short-term or transient rentals in Walton County for properties that are located south of the Intracoastal Waterway, are subject to Walton County Tourist Development tax, also known as “bed tax”. For rentals stays beginning on January 1, 2020, the tax rate...
  3. SoWal Staff

    Help Clean Up The Bay On Earth Day April 22

    Earth-lovers are asked to meet at the Baytowne Marina in the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort to celebrate Earth Day and lend a hand on Thursday. April 22 at 8:30 a.m.. Volunteers will help clean the shoreline by removing plastics and other debris harmful to local wildlife, bay water and natural...
  4. SoWal Staff

    Public Hearing for Micromobility Devices 4.27.21

    Please be advised that the Walton County Board of County Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing on April 27, 2021 at 9:00 AM or soon thereafter, to consider: AN ORDINANCE OF THE WALTON COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS DECLARING, EXTENDING A TEMPORARY MORATORIUM WITHIN THE UNINCORPORATED...
  5. SoWal Staff

    Seabreeze Jazz Festival April 21-25

    Tickets are going to sell fast and we're excited for the 22nd year of this great jazz event just east of SoWal in Panama City Beach at Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater. Check the festival website for the latest info and the festival Facebook page to see what else is in the works. Continue...
  6. SoWal Staff

    Mobility Plan and Fee Public Workshop April 15

    Mobility Plan and Fee Public Workshop Walton County Planning and Development staff will host a workshop on April 15, 2021 at 5:00 PM to discuss the County’s proposed Mobility Plan and Fee. More information about this project including the proposed fee schedule, can be found at the following...
  7. SoWal Staff

    St. Joe Announces Hospital for Panama City Beach The St. Joe Company (NYSE: JOE) (“St. Joe”), Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, Inc. (“TMH”) and the Florida State University College of Medicine (“FSU”) announce their intent to...
  8. SoWal Staff

    Walton County Planning Department Updates

    Walton County Planning Makes Strides in Completing Building Plan Reviews, Launching New Software in May Over the past several months, the Walton County Planning Department has been working to lessen the time for the public to receive completed Building Plan Reviews (BPRs). In the past, due to...
  9. SoWal Staff

    Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for January 2021

    The most recent SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County including South Walton real estate activity for January 2021, with sales statistics for single family homes, townhomes, and condos in Walton County, Florida. Continue reading... What do you think?
  10. SoWal Staff

    Lights out, stash the trash. It’s sea turtle nesting season!

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is reminding beachgoers they can help protect nesting sea turtles by practicing some simple tips. Each year, thousands of sea turtles nest on Florida’s beaches. Because our state is so important to these special animals, beachgoers...
  11. SoWal Staff

    Manatees are on the move! Go slow, look out below

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is reminding anyone on the water to slow down and look out for manatees while boating in Florida this spring. As water temperatures warm, manatees naturally disperse from their winter habitats, traveling to other areas of the state and...
  12. SoWal Staff

    Local Catch Bar & Grill Celebrates 10 Years Serving Locals & Visitors

    Local Catch Bar & Grill, located in the heart of Santa Rosa Beach, celebrates its first momentous decade! Continue reading... What do you think?
  13. SoWal Staff

    Focus on a Sandestin Vacation by Beach Blue Properties

    Sandestin is South Walton's largest resort destination, featuring miles of pristine beaches and a number of championship golf courses, high-rise condos, rental homes and a vast array of dining, retail and entertainment options. Continue reading... What do you think?
  14. SoWal Staff

    New Stores Set To Open at Grand Boulevard

    Making its Northwest Florida debut in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin is Arhaus Studio, the service-first concept store extension of national furniture and home design retailer, Arhaus, opening late summer 2021 at the South Walton mixed-use Center. Arhaus partners with artisans and makers around...
  15. SoWal Staff

    Food For Thought Champions the Fight Against Growing Food Insecurity

    In a year that should have been about celebrating ten years of service to the community, Food For Thought is instead honoring a very different anniversary - one year since the start of the COVID-19 shutdown. Continue reading... What do you think?
  16. SoWal Staff

    This Forum Contains New Content Published On

    Hi everyone - we'll be posting new stories, photos, and videos here that are produced by SoWal Staff and contributors. If you are interested in being a contributor please contact us! Of course you're always welcome to post your content in the appropriate sub-forum here. We welcome your...
  17. SoWal Staff

    South Walton Street Art Festival at Grand Boulevard May 7-9

    The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA) is excited to announce its newest signature event, The South Walton Street Art Festival (SWSAF), will join this year’s Art Month South Walton schedule of May events. Artists, families, friends and school groups are invited to participate in this...
  18. SoWal Staff

    Job Available Bud & Alley's Restaurant hiring all positions

    Bud & Alley's Restaurant Seaside Florida NOW HIRING all positions! Come join the Bud & Alley's family! Stop by or email:
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    Walton County Mobility Plan

    Walton County NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING - Mobility Plan and Fee The Walton County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, 03/23/2021 at 4:00 p.m. in the Walton County Board of County Commissioners Boardroom in Freeport Commons located at 842 State Highway 20 East, Suite 118...
  20. SoWal Staff

    Curfew in Seaside/ Watercolor?

    Seaside | Town Center Curfew Out of concern for the safety of our guests who are staying in Seaside, as well as our merchants and employees, we have decided to push back the curfew (from 9:00 pm) to 8:00 pm. This will go into effect tonight, March 16th for visitors under the age of 21, without...
  21. SoWal Staff

    SoWal Local Madison Olson Sets Sights on Solo Sailboat Regatta Across Atlantic

    Madison Olson is a SoWal native who now lives in France and is building a campaign to race across the Atlantic on a 6.5 meter sailboat alone! Continue reading... What do you think?
  22. SoWal Staff

    Thousands Run Virtually in Seaside School Half Marathon & 5K Raising $300,000

    Nearly 1,700 runners participated in the 19th Annual Seaside School Virtual Half Marathon and 5K race from Sunday, February 14th to Sunday, February 28th, 2021. Ranging in ages from two to 82 years-old, participants represented 37 states and various countries including Spain, the United Kingdom...
  23. SoWal Staff

    Reflections On Seaside by Dhiru Thadani Available for Order

    Reflections On Seaside by acclaimed architect, author, and urbanist Dhiru A. Thadani celebrates the fortieth anniversary of the town of Seaside, returning to the place that has inspired countless designers, architects, urban planners, and everyday citizens in the search for the ideal hometown...
  24. SoWal Staff

    Cultural Arts Alliance to Develop Monarch Art Trail in Watersound

    The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA)has announced an excting new public art project and is requesting proposals from artists or artist groups for the design, fabrication, and installation of small-scale or mid-scale permanent outdoor works of art along the planned Monarch Art Trail...
  25. SoWal Staff

    Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood Sweetens Spring Menu with New Seasonal Items

    WHO: Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa – Northwest Florida’s largest full-service beachfront resort and home to Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood, Northwest Florida’s longest standing AAA Four-Diamond Steakhouse. WHAT: Using the finest ingredients possible, Executive Chef Lee Guidry has...
  26. SoWal Staff

    Buy or Sell a Home with Live 30A Real Estate and Help Change Lives Around the World

    Here at Live 30A, we believe in living simply and giving generously. We believe in making an impact in all that we do. That's why every real estate client who trusts our services to purchase or sell a home is helping to contribute to something bigger & more beautiful - impacting lives in the...
  27. SoWal Staff

    Tips to help people and pets safely co-exist with alligators

    Warm spring weather means Florida’s state reptile - the American alligator - becomes more active and visible. It’s also a popular time of year for people to enjoy the outdoors with their pets. To help keep people and pets safer when spending time near the water, the Florida Fish and Wildlife...
  28. SoWal Staff

    Five Seaside Restaurants Sold

    Seaside | Bill and Heavenly Dawson sell the five Seaside eateries… After 32 years in business, longtime Seaside residents Bill and Heavenly Dawson sell the five Seaside eateries they founded — Pickle’s Burgers & Shakes, The Shrimp Shack, It’s Heavenly, Dawson’s Yogurt & Fudgeworks and Wild...
  29. SoWal Staff

    St. Paddy's at The Bay & North Beach Social Mar 17

    You're in luck! The Bay and North Beach Social together are ready to host the annual North Beach St. Paddy's Day party on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 from 12:00 - 9:30. Make sure to arrive wearing green! The party kicks off with live music at both venues. North Beach Social Krissa & Mark || 12:00...
  30. SoWal Staff

    Sandestin Wine Festival Apr 15-18

    The Sandestin Wine Festival takes place April 15-18, 2021 throughout The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin. See ticket options and schedule of events at Continue reading... What do you think?
  31. SoWal Staff

    North Beach Social Opens on the Bay

    North Beach Social (NBS) is now officially open underneath Farm & Fire Southern Pizzeria at the foot of the 331 Bridge in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. Formerly the North Beach Tortilla Company, the space has been brightened up to reflect the natural beauty of the scenic surroundings, namely some...
  32. SoWal Staff

    SoWal Spring Updates

    Beach Like A Local! Every year at this time we happily scramble to keep up with new businesses, events, and grand openings! Please help us and all our readers know about what's going on with your business. Post here on the SoWal Forum (free), or email Lisa Comeau for advertising info...
  33. SoWal Staff

    The Return Of The REP Theatre Spring 2021

    Nearly a year since temporarily shutting its doors due to COVID-19, The REP Theatre is set to make its highly-anticipated return just in time for spring. On March 29th, the new season kicks off with an exciting lineup of events full of mesmerizing storytelling and entertainment the entire family...
  34. SoWal Staff

    You Can Help SoWal’s Nesting Waterbirds

    As nesting season begins for waterbird species across the state, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is sharing five easy ways that members of the public can help conserve these vulnerable bird species. Many shorebird and seabird species, such as the least tern, nest...
  35. SoWal Staff

    Cartercraft Roofing Celebrates 30 Years in SoWal

    2021 marks the 30th year in business for Cartercraft Roofing in South Walton! Continue reading... What do you think?
  36. SoWal Staff

    Beach Vendor 2021 Pre-Season Kickoff Meeting 3-2-21

    Beach Vendor 2021 Pre-Season Kickoff Meeting Please be notified that Walton County Code Compliance Department staff will hold a meeting on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 from 10:00am to 12:00pm. The meeting will be held at the South Walton Annex located at 31 Coastal Center Blvd. Santa Rosa Beach, FL...
  37. SoWal Staff

    Bud & Alley’s Waterfront Restaurant Marks 35th Anniversary With Big 2021 Enhancements

    Bud & Alley’s Waterfront Restaurant on Scenic Highway 30A in Seaside, Florida,—famous for its sunset celebration toasts—marks its 35th anniversary in 2021. Soon, Bud & Alley’s foodie fans can lift a glass at the daily sunset celebration toast on a newly renovated Roof Deck. Continue reading...
  38. SoWal Staff

    Cultural Arts Alliance and Underwater Musem of Art Complete Third Sculpture Deployment

    The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County (CAA), South Walton Artificial Reef Association (SWARA) and Visit South Walton celebrated the successful deployment of eight new sculptures in the Underwater Museum of Art (UMA). Continue reading... What do you think?
  39. SoWal Staff

    Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood Honored in Forbes Travel Guide’s 2021 Star Awards

    Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood, Northwest Florida’s longest standing AAA Four-Diamond Steakhouse, has been named a Recommended Restaurant in Forbes Travel Guide’s 2021 Star Awards. Continue reading... What do you think?
  40. SoWal Staff

    Chef Jim Shirley Honored as 16th Van Ness Butler Jr. Award Winner

    In 2020, Chef Jim Shirley received two honors, the first was becoming the 16th recipient of the Van Ness Butler Jr. Hospitality Award. The award honors and recognizes excellence in the hospitality, service, travel/tourism, advertising and promotion industries, as well as contributions to the...
  41. SoWal Staff

    The Ships Chandler to Open Marine and Service Center in Freeport

    The Ships Chandler will soon break ground on their second marine and service center, located at 17309 US Hwy 331 in Freeport. Constructed by Chapman Building and Consulting and designed by Philip Spann and Associates, the new building will create 10 full-time jobs in Walton County. With over...
  42. SoWal Staff

    WaterColor Inn & The Pearl Hotel Continue to Receive High Acclaim

    St. Joe Resort Operations, LLC (“St. Joe Hospitality”), a subsidiary of The St. Joe Company (NYSE:JOE) (“St. Joe”) continues to distinguish itself as Northwest Florida’s premier hospitality management company, racking up a variety of industry accolades in 2021. Continue reading... What do you...
  43. SoWal Staff

    Scenic Highway 30A Designated as National Scenic Byway

    Our little road on the SoWal Coast along the world's most beautiful beaches has gained national notoriety as the newest scenic drive in the National Scenic Byways Program. Continue reading... What do you think?
  44. SoWal Staff

    Seaside Institute Hosts Sustainable Town Planning 2021 Workshop Mar 24 & 25

    Sustainable Town Planning 2021 is presented by Gulf Coast Energy Netwrok and co-hosted by the Seaside Institute. The two-day workshop will bring together planners, architects, builders, developers, engineers, and other professionals to discuss the latest trends in construction, architecture, and...
  45. SoWal Staff

    New flounder regulations are effective March 1

    Starting March 1, the following changes will go into effect for flounder: Extending ALL Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission(FWC) flounder regulations into federal waters. Increasing the minimum size limit from 12 inches to 14 inches total length (recreational and commercial)...
  46. SoWal Staff

    Walton County BCC funds Choctawhatchee Paddle Trail Improvements at Cowford Landing

    On December 8, 2020, Walton County BCC approved and awarded construction to proceed with improvements near Cowford Landing on the Choctawhatchee River. The project is funded using grant funds from the Land and Water Conservation fund program and County Preservation funds. According to Walton...
  47. SoWal Staff

    Walton County COVID19 Updates

    Plan Your Vaccine Email updates & other FLA vaccine info >
  48. SoWal Staff

    Walton County Florida Real Estate Report for December 2020

    The most recent SoWal Real Estate Report covers all of Walton County including South Walton real estate activity for December 2020, with sales statistics for single family homes, townhomes, and condos in Walton County, Florida. Continue reading... What do you think?
  49. SoWal Staff

    For Sale New Homes in Watersound Origins for Sale

    NatureWalk at Watersound Origins is located between Panama City and Destin and offers new homes ranging from 2 to 5 Bedrooms. The community is situated within the Watersound Origins Community and offers convenient access to nearby beaches including 30A. The thoughtfully designed floorplans are...
  50. SoWal Staff

    Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club Renovation Underway

    Named “Best Golf Course” by Visit South Walton and Destin Magazine, Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club is excited to announce that the best golf course in town is getting even better with its 2021 renovation underway. Two weeks into construction, the new and improved look for Santa Rosa Golf & Beach...
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